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Graduated Compression Socks

How does compression work?

Therapeutic pressure, gently hugging your legs to improve circulation. Discover the science behind graduated compression and how you can benefit.

Compression Sock FAQs

Compression socks have many helpful uses: boost peripheral circulation, drain lymph, massage the muscles, and support your joints. Thanks to the therapeutic pressure that compression socks apply to the lower legs, they improve blood flow and can offer the muscles a welcome relief after effort or simply a long day spent on your feet.

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If your healthcare provider advises that you wear compression stockings, you might want to know how long you can wear them. Is it safe to wear compression socks day and night, 24 hours a day? Can you wear compression socks for too long? When is that cutoff? In short, your doctor may have more specific instructions on how long to wear compression socks in your situation. Generally, it is safe to wear compression socks for 24 hours upon doctors’ approval. In fact, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom recommends that surgery patients wear compression stockings as much as possible, day and night, after surgery.

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Depending on personal circumstances (such as if you’re allergic to some materials you might find in compression socks), you could experience some negative effects from wearing them. However, most people will not suffer from any of these if they wear good-quality, well-fitting compression garments.

For all their benefits, compression socks may be problematic for some. There are very specific categories of people who should steer clear of compression:

  • Those suffering from ischemia (advanced arterial disease);
  • If you have untreated septic phlebitis;
  • If you have been diagnosed with uncontrolled congestive heart failure;
  • Those suffering from phlegmasia cerulea dolens.

People who suffer from arthritis, concomitant dermatoses or advanced peripheral neuropathy will also be discouraged from using compression stockings. 

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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!