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Do Compression Socks Help Circulation?


In order for your organs and body to function properly, it’s essential to have proper blood flow and circulation. The thing is, aside from maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding smoking, there isn’t much you can do to influence how well or poor your circulation is to begin with.

If they happen to have poor circulation, especially in your lower extremities, many people may begin wearing compression socks in an effort to improve their blood flow. But do compression socks actually help the problem?

What You Should Know About Compression Socks

How Compression Socks Work

As the name implies, compression socks wrap themselves snuggly around your legs and ankles so that veins have extra support to improve circulation. As you move around and flex your leg muscles, the pressure from the socks pushes on your veins to help push blood back to your heart.

Who Benefits from Compression Socks?

Compression socks don’t work for everyone, but some of the groups of people who can benefit from them include:

  • Those Who’ve Had Surgery: Since those in recovery from surgery may have difficulty or a full inability to move their legs, they may wear compression socks to maintain good circulation from a lack of mobility.

  • Those Who Stand a Lot: Standing all day, typically because of a job, can cause a slowing of blood flow in the legs, which compression socks can combat.

  • Those Who are Bedridden: When someone is unable to get out of bed, compression socks can be worn to improve circulation from their being sedentary.

  • Athletes: The better their blood flow, the better athletes can perform, so many choose to wear compression socks during physical activity.

  • Those with Vein Problems: When problems such as varicose veins or diabetes cause poor circulation, those with vein issues may benefit from compression socks.

The Catch

While compression socks offer some benefits to those with circulation and vein problems, they really only help the symptoms, not the actual problem. If you’re wearing compression socks to combat the symptoms caused by varicose veins, you’re better off seeing a vein specialist to truly address the problem and find a lasting solution.

Whether this is the first time you have sought treatment or you have been previously treated elsewhere unsuccessfully, we hope you will provide us an opportunity to provide excellent, long-term, successful results with any venous problems you may be experiencing.

Albert Vein Institute is the only distinguished IAC accredited vein center in Colorado, with double IAC accreditation. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.