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What Are Compression Socks
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People often ask me what compression socks are.

Due to my recent family health issues, I consider myself a bit of an expert in the subject.

Compression socks or compression stockings look exactly like normal ones but have some extra “power” in them.

They call them graduated compression socks because they exert a decreasing pressure on our legs veins.

This means that the lower part of our leg gets a greater compression that slowly decreases towards the upper part and facilitate blood circulation.

The degree of compression is expressed in mm / Hg. Sometimes, to make it easier for those who buy the product, on the package box the pressure is indicated in DEN, but the correct term is the mm/Hg value.

The higher is the value of mm/Hg the greater is the compression.

How do I know what type of compression sock to purchase?

It really depends on your health conditions and on your needs. Compression socks almost don’t have any side effect, although in order to get articles with high compression you need to get a prescription or medical advice, and they are indicated in specific cases with vein problems (such as Deep Vein Thrombosis, Phlebitis, etc).

Do I really need to purchase graduated compression socks?

Yes. It does make the difference especially when used with consistency. Graduated compression socks can really help in the prevention of serious diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis which could eventually lead to Pulmonary Embolism.

What is the difference between Higher or Minor degree of compression?

Higher degrees socks are indicated for people with serious vein problems and as I mentioned before, you might need a doctor prescription.

Minor degrees of compression, are indicated for those who pay special attention to the welfare of their legs and especially for:

- People who suffer from Leg Fatigue

- Those who travel a lot, especially long flights and generally for those who travel or sit for many hours without the possibility to stand up and move to facilitate blood circulation in their veins.

- Athlets

- Pregnant women

- Those who suffer from Varicose Veins (need doctor advice if it is a serious case of Varicose Veins)

- Those who have familiarity with vein diseases, hart failure

You can find endless types and models of graduated compression socks available in the market. The good quality ones are very soft and comfortable and usually don't leave marks.

One last tip that people usually forget: if you decide to buy compression stockings, don’t forget to buy at least two or more pairs!


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