The Benefits of Compression Socks for Seniors

September 04, 2018

The Benefits of Compression Socks for Seniors

Guest Blog by Holly Kramer.

Holly Klamer is a connector with Senior Guidance and Senior Living help that help provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options. She loves working in the ever-changing world of digital.

For seniors adjusting to living in senior communities, it’s very important to be proactive about staying healthy. Taking care of your health is crucial to living a happy, comfortable life. One item that is very helpful for seniors who struggle with health problems is compression socks. Compression stockings are affordable and easy to find, and they can have huge benefits for seniors. Here’s why seniors should consider adding compression socks to their wardrobe.

Reduced Risk of Blood Clots

The biggest advantage of compression socks is that they help improve your circulation and reduce your risk of blot clots overall. As you age, your risk of blood clots gets higher, particularly if you are genetically predisposed to them. Compression socks work by putting gentle pressure on the feet and calves, pushing the blood around faster in your body, therefore reducing the likelihood of experiencing a blood clot. Blood clots can be life-threatening in some circumstances, so it’s very important to be aware of them and do what you can to mitigate the risks.

Reduced Pain

With age often comes chronic pain in the muscles and joints. This pain can be quite debilitating and reduces mobility and independence for seniors. Compression socks can reduce the chronic pain associated with getting older, particularly if you have issues such as varicose veins or ankle and knee issues. They reduce swelling, which is often something that is associated with pain. For seniors, compression socks are a wonderful tool for increasing mobility and independence while dealing with injuries or illnesses relating to the lower legs.

Safe Pain Mitigation Method

Another big benefit of wearing compression socks is they are a very safe way to treat problems in the lower leg. They can be worn throughout the day to increase blood flow to the affected area with virtually no side effects. In addition to wearing them for varicose veins or chronic pain, many seniors wear them after surgery in this area to mitigate the associated pain of such a large medical treatment. It’s very important to talk to your doctor to make sure you’re using the socks in as safe a way as possible.

Renewed Independence

A big challenge for many seniors is finding ways to do the things they used to love or even continue to work if they desire. It can be difficult to be up and about if you experience pain in your legs and feet while standing. Compression socks are very helpful for this because they make it much easier to stand and walk for long periods of time. This means that seniors exercise, socialize, or even work with much more ease and freedom.

Stylish and Easy to Wear

Compression socks come in many sizes and colors, so it’s very easy to find one that suits your needs. They come in fun colors and styles as well as a variety of fabrics. Knee-high compression socks fit under pants and shoes very easily. They are comfortable and don’t cause skin irritation or other types of discomfort.

Compression socks are an aspect of senior living help that many people don’t take advantage of - but should. Talk to your doctor about compression socks to determine if they could help your medical challenges. For many people, compression socks make all the difference when it comes to living an active and healthy life. As you transition into senior living, you can use compression socks to stay independent and enjoy being out and about without chronic pain or other medical symptoms.





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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart

 

 

 

Fabric Collections:

NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 82% Nylon/18% Spandex

MOISTURE-WICK NYLON

  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 75% Moisture-wick polyester/13% Nylon/12% Spandex

COTTON

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex

MERINO WOOL

  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.