Compression stockings are specialized hosiery items that provide graduated pressure on the lower leg and foot. Unlike traditional stockings, compression socks, such as TherapyPlus ladies knee high socks, are made from a super-strong elastic material that fits very tightly at the feet and less tightly up by the knee.
This compression ensures that blood does not pool in the feet and ankle areas, but is urged to begin pumping back up the leg due to the compression.
Compression stockings help in the prevention and treatment of venous ulcers–a dangerous and extremely painful condition affecting the lower legs. The socks have also often used for post-surgical support to prevent blood clots. Compression Stockings also help prevent the formation of varicose and spider veins in pregnant women.
They have also been used to prevent deep vein thrombosis. For that reason they are recommended to those that work at a job where they are on their feet for long periods of time.
Extended periods of sitting is just as bad for the legs as standing, which also particularly increases the risk of DVT, therefore compression socks have become popular among travelers to prevent blood clots from forming during long periods of inactivity in a car or airplane.
Compression socks are also popular among computer programmers or anyone who spends a great deal of time in front of a computer.
Compression socks have also been worn by plenty of runners too. Perhaps that’s because they’ve been shown to stimulate blood flow, helping legs recover faster from a hard run.
Use of mild compression socks can also safely reduce edema in the lower extremities. If you have diabetes, please check with your doctor before purchasing Therapy Plus compression socks.
Orthostatic hypotension is a condition in which your blood pressure falls when you stand up quickly, leaving you feeling dizzy, lightheaded or you may even faint. Orthostatic hypotension results from pooling of blood in the lower extremities. My daughter has orthostatic hypotension, which sometimes occurs after head injury. Her physician recently recommended compression stockings. Compression treatment is said to reduce the pooling and promotes fewer symptoms.
My daughter found the TherapyPlus brand of compression socks to be light weight and comfortable to wear. The socks also help tremendously with swelling.
The knee-length socks come in a soft blend of 83 per cent nylon and 17 per cent spandex and contain an antimicrobial agent. They come in black, tan, brown and navy. The socks should be laundered by hand and laid flat to dry.
TherapyPlus Ladies Knee High socks are available at most superstores like Walmart, pharmacies, and online.