Compression stockings have numerous benefits. Not only do they help improve circulation throughout the lower body, wearing socks with compression quality can relieve muscle fatigue and reduce ankle swelling. Compression socks are worn by runners, athletes, pregnant women, diabetic people, and those with venous diseases to improve comfort throughout the legs, ankles, and feet.
If you require compression socks, it’s important to recognize that they’re not a one-size-fits-all type of sock. If your doctor has recommended that you use these kinds of socks, it’s important to know about the correct fit. Wearing compression socks that are correctly sized to your body will provide the most benefits.
If you’re unsure about whether your socks fit correctly, here are five signs that tell you that you have the wrong compression socks on and that it’s time to switch up the size of your compression socks!
They irritate you when you wear them
When you wear your socks over the course of a few hours, do they begin to irritate you or cause discomfort? If they do, then this should be your first sign that there’s a misfit with size. Although these socks are indeed supposed to compress, they should never feel painful to wear. If they are digging into your skin, chances are that the size is too small and compression is too strong. Always use a measuring chart to determine what size is correct, or talk to the foot specialists at Foot Solutions to order made-to-measure custom stockings.
They slide down your legs
Alternatively, if you feel the need to constantly adjust and pull up your socks, the size is too big. This can also happen gradually over time as the socks loosen, or if swelling in your legs has reduced. But it’s important to take notice when this does happen because compression socks can only work when they haven’t lost elasticity.
They keep bunching up
The length of the compression socks is also important as well. If you experience a bunching up of the socks as you move throughout the day, this is an indication that the socks are too long. The length of your leg should be noted when determining size since these socks come in either regular length or short length.
It’s Difficult to Put the Socks On
If you struggle to put on your socks, then they may be too small. While compression stocks should have a snugger fit than cotton socks or dress socks, they should still be easy to slip on. If it can’t fit around your foot, you may simply have picked up the incorrect size at the store.
You Still Experience Swelling with the Socks
The purpose of compression socks is to the help combat the swelling that occurs in your legs. If they are failing to do that and you still experience a great deal when wearing the socks, you’re most likely wearing an incorrect size that isn’t providing the compression strength that you need.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these signs, it’s time to get refitted for a new size of compression socks! If you are active, pregnant, have deep vein thrombosis, experience leg swelling, travel frequently, or stand for long stretches of time daily, compression socks can improve health and comfort. Foot Solutions carries off-shelf compression stockings, but we can also make compression socks and stockings to measure for the perfect fit, every time.