Stockings are not just a fashion accessory! While compression socks can be stylish they also have numerous benefits as well. If you find yourself standing all day at work, sitting for long periods of time in a cramped position, or if you are diabetic, stockings can help you. Here are five benefits that compression stockings can provide you:
They enhance your workout
Wearing compression stockings during your work out or physical activity will grant you a number of benefits. The graduated compression of the stocking supports veins and helps them pump more blood through your body. This can help minimize your soreness post-workout. During your workout, it can maximize your heart rate and improve your endurance.
They help fight varicose veins
Varicose veins are swollen veins that bulge under the surface of your skin. They can be blue or purple and usually show up on your legs. Compression stockings can help improve the blood flow in your legs and throughout your cardiovascular system, which helps prevent swelling and keeping your varicose veins from becoming more profound.
They can prevent venous insufficiency
Venous insufficiency is a condition where the veins of your lower leg can’t return an adequate amount of blood from the lower body to your heart. One-way valves control the blood flow in your legs. These valves can become damaged and can even start to leak. This leaking puts pressure on your vein walls and they can become distended, which causes fluid to build up, leading to swelling. Wearing compression stockings will enhance this blood flow, provide support for your legs, and keep your lower body healthy and energized.
They help prevent cramping muscles
If you find yourself sitting for extended periods of time, like when you are on a long flight, the circulation in your lower body can be hindered. This can cause swelling, pain and leg fatigue in your feet and ankles, because your blood will pool in those areas. The pooling of your blood can lead to serious complications such as developing blood clots.. Wearing compression stockings in these situations will provide you with the circulation you need to prevent this painful and potentially damaging situation.
They help alleviate ankle swelling in pregnant women
Pregnancy is a beautiful time, but it can wreak havoc on your ankles. Dealing with swollen ankles is not only painful and unpleasant, but it can affect your mobility. Wearing compression stockings helps pregnant women by reducing and preventing swelling in the feet and ankles.
If you find yourself in need of compression stockings, you should visit an Ottawa foot care expert at your local Foot Solutions store. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you with ordering custom measured stockings or will help you choose from the multitude of off-the-shelf stockings in store.