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Learning the Basics of Compression Socks

Medical Supplies for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Compression socks help increase blood circulation in the legs and are used by many different people for various reasons.  Those suffering from diabetes, edema, and thrombosis can all benefit from wearing these socks.  Those who will be seated for long periods, such as those on long flights and those who have desk jobs, can also see benefits.  The latest news even reports that runners claim better endurance when using these socks!  So, how do you know which socks or stockings to buy? 

If you are suffering from a medical condition, then it is wise to speak to a doctor before using any type of compression items on the body.  Your healthcare provider can advise you what amount of compression should be applied, and thus you will know if you want to buy compression socks with minimal strength or with very high compression.  You can also ask about what style is recommended, as some socks are only knee high while others go all the way to the hip.  If you are buying compression socks for a flight or running, are in relatively good health, and do not wish to consult a doctor, then lower pressure stockings are recommended. 

It is usually a smart move to buy at least two pairs of socks at a time so that you always have a fresh clean pair ready to wear.  Your doctor may advise you to wear them continually or only for a short period of time per day.  Another key to getting these socks to work for you is to be sure you replace them every six months or so to be sure they are keeping their compression strength.

Knowing which socks to purchase is as easy as getting the right information from your doctor, looking around for a good price online (and consulting health resources), and finding personal preference on choosing the appearance.  Reap the benefits by buying a new pair of compression socks today! 


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