“If you have peripheral vascular disease affecting your lower extremities, you should not wear compression socks,” he says. “The pressure provided by compression socks may make ischemic disease worse.
Just so, what are the disadvantages of compression socks?
Can cause itching, redness, and irritation. Compression socks can aggravate skin irritation and also cause itching. When compression socks are improperly fitted, redness and temporary dents in your skin may appear on your legs at the edge of the sock’s fabric.
Keeping this in consideration, why compression socks should not be worn at night?
The wearing of compression socks at night is usually unnecessary or even inadvisable. There is no venous stasis lying down. The blood just circulating normally within the body. Without special indication from a doctor, it is, therefore, unnecessary to wear compression stockings at night.
How do you know what size compression socks to buy?
Choose a sock size that will safely fit the largest foot, ankle and calf measurement. Measure at the widest part of the calf. Measure at the smallest part of the ankle just above the ankle bones.
The red circle around your leg left by the top of the sock is a sign that the sock is tight, and. The condition for which you are wearing compression socks, such as lymphedema or venous reflux disease, is making your legs swell.
Depending on your need, you can consider wearing them all day long (though you should take them off before bed), or just for a few hours at a time. Compression socks can be helpful for many people, but you should still talk to your doctor before making them a part of your health care routine.
Some problems you could experience include: Development of calluses and corns on the feet – calluses and corns can develop if the compression socks are too tight. Numbness and tingling of the lower limbs. Rashes, extreme itching, and skin irritation.
You should wear your compression stockings during the day and take them off before going to bed. Put them on again first thing in the morning. You should be given at least 2 stockings, or 2 pairs if you’re wearing them on both legs. This means you can wear 1 stocking (or pair) while the other is being washed and dried.
Sock marks themselves aren’t harmful, but very noticeable ones could mean you have peripheral edema. The outlook of peripheral edema depends on the cause. Temporary edema that’s mild and doesn’t occur with other symptoms shouldn’t be worrisome.
Here are the best compression socks:
- Best overall: CEP Progressive+ Compression Run Socks 2.0.
- Best on a budget: SB Sox Lite Compression Socks.
- Best circulation support: Sockwell Elevation Graduated Compression Socks.
- Best for post-workout: Zensah Tech+ Compression Socks.
- Best for runners: Swiftkick Aspire Twelve.
Botek also says that another common reason for wearing compression socks is to aid in blood flow when you’re sitting for long periods of time, like a long flight. With less movement and weaker circulation, there’s more pooling and retention of blood in the legs which can raise chances of clots.