Compression Socks

The 26 Review

  • What are compression socks Socks designed to apply compression to the legs and ankles, promoting increased blood flow
  • Why Compression socks can reduce pain, swelling, and blood pooling in the legs and ankles.
  • Recommended For Individuals that experience swelling and discomfort in the lower legs
  • Common Conditions Varicose veins, DVTs, venous hypertension, etc. 

Let’s take a closer look…

Compression socks, also known as compression stockings or support socks, are specialized garments designed to apply gentle pressure to the lower legs. They are typically made of elastic materials that provide graduated compression, meaning the pressure is highest at the ankles and gradually decreases as it moves up the leg. The primary purpose of compression socks is to improve blood circulation in the legs, as they help to squeeze the veins and muscles, aiding in the return of blood to the heart. This compression can help prevent blood pooling, reduce swelling, and alleviate symptoms associated with various conditions such as varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and edema. Additionally, compression socks are often used by athletes and frequent travelers to improve performance and reduce leg fatigue and soreness. They come in different levels of compression and styles, including knee-high, thigh-high, and full-length stockings, catering to different needs and preferences. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate level of compression and usage for one’s specific condition or activity.


There are many different reasons why compression socks may be prescribed to a patient. The most common benefits and reasons to wear compression socks include the following;

  • Boost circulation in the legs
  • Support veins
  • Prevent blood pooling in the leg veins 
  • Diminish leg swelling
  • Reduce orthostatic hypertension, which causes unsteadiness and lightheadedness 
  • Prevent venous ulcers
  • Prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in the legs 
  • Reverse hypertension
  • Improve lymphatic drainage
  • Lessen pain caused by varicose veins 


There are 3 primary types of compression socks/stockings, which are graduated compression stockings, anti-embolism stockings, and nonmedical support hosiery. Compression equipment that ends just below the knee helps to limit lower leg swelling due to build up. While stockings that extend to the thigh or waist help reduce blood pooling in the legs and help prevent orthostatic hypotension. 

Graduated compression stockings 

The level of compression within these stockings are the strongest at the ankle and gradually weaker towards the top. They are designed for mobility and to meet certain strength and length medical specifications. These stockings usually require professional fitting by a medical professional. 

Anti-embolism stockings

This compression stocking reduces the possibility of deep vein thrombosis. Like graduated stockings, they provide gradual/gradient compression. However, the level of compression differs from the previous type. Anti-embolism stockings are usually designed for those who are not mobile.

Non Medical support hosiery

Non-medical compression socks usually don’t require a prescription to obtain them. This type includes elastic support stockings and flight compression socks, both sold as potential relief for tired, aching legs. These deliver uniform compression throughout, with less pressure than prescription compression socks. Individuals can find these types of compression socks/stockings online or in most pharmacies. 

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