When you have leg swelling, problems with your circulatory system, or low blood flow to your lower extremities, your doctor may recommend compression socks or stockings. Because they have few side effects, compression stockings are often recommended for people who are unable to take medications for certain circulatory conditions.
If your healthcare provider advises that you wear compression stockings, you might want to know if they are safe to wear day and night, 24 hours a day. Read on to learn whether you can wear compression stockings all the time, and who this is best suited for.
How Compression Socks Work
When you're on your feet, the muscle contractions in your lower legs help facilitate blood flow. When you're off your feet, such as after having surgery, on a long plane flight, or working at a desk all day, your legs and feet aren't benefiting from those natural muscle contractions.
The goal of putting on a pair of compression stockings is to apply pressure to your veins from the outside in situations where your activity level can restrict blood flow. As a result, this external pressure helps by increasing circulation to your legs, feet, and ankles, preventing swelling and alleviating discomfort in the process. With consistent wear, compression socks will also decrease your risk for developing a potentially life-threatening blood clot.
Learn more about the benefits of compression socks and how they work here.
Who Should Wear Compression Socks
The effects of wearing compression socks can benefit people from all walks of life, but they’re especially suitable for:
- Employees who stand or sit all day at their jobs (nurses, office workers, retail workers, etc.)
- Pregnant women dealing with swollen feet, legs, and/or ankles
- Travelers going on a long flight of 5 hours or more
- Diabetics, who have poor circulation in their feet
- Athletes who want to prevent injury and improve physical performance
- People recovering from surgery
- People at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- People suffering from varicose veins
No matter what category you fall into, the best course of action is to listen to your doctor’s advice to find the best compression level for your situation. For example, a mild compression level might be perfect for those who wear them to work or during exercise, but individuals at risk for blood clots might need a stronger, medical grade level of compression for their needs.
Is It Okay to Wear Compression Socks to Bed?
Traditional compression stockings have the same amount of pressure from toe to knee, so unless your doctor recommends for you to wear your compression socks at night, it’s best to take them off when you go to bed to allow your skin to breathe.
At VIM & VIGR, however, our graduated compression technology means that most of the pressure is concentrated at the ankle and foot, making them perfectly safe to wear night and day. And with our mild compression level options (15-20 mmHg), you can feel even more at ease with 24-hour wear. Find the perfect compression socks for daily wear in a variety of fashionable styles for both men and women today!