At Ironwood Chiropractic in Richmond, we offer several treatment options, including compression socks, for better comfort and to help prevent different medical conditions. There are several types of compression socks available, as well as many benefits to wearing them. Learn more about them below.
What Are Compression Socks?
Compression socks are a type of hosiery that helps to improve blood flow. They are usually made of stretchy fabric and fit snugly around the calf, ankle, and foot. The level of compression varies depending on the type of sock but is typically around 15-20 mmHg. They fit snugly around your leg, and you can are available over the counter, but we can prescribe a pair that fits well and is comfortable for you. We can look at several options at our office to determine the best fit for you.
How Do Compression Socks Work?
The socks work by applying pressure to your leg. This pressure helps the veins and arteries in your leg to push blood up toward your heart. The level of compression is important because too much pressure can be uncomfortable and too little pressure won’t be effective.
What Are the Benefits of Compression Socks?
There are several advantages to wearing compression socks. They include:
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduced swelling and pain in the legs
- Prevention of varicose veins
- Relief from tired, aching feet
- Decreased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- People who sit or stand for long periods such as airline pilots
- Pregnant women
- People with diabetes
- People with a history of DVT, diabetes, and varicose veins
Who Can Benefit from Compression Socks?
Almost anyone can benefit from compression socks, however, there are certain groups of people who may find them especially helpful. These include:
Wearing Compression Socks
To get the most benefit out of compression socks, you'll want to make sure you put them on correctly. The socks should be snug but not too tight. They should also be comfortable and not cause any pain. If you're not sure how to put them on, a chiropractor from our team at Ironwood Chiropractic can help.
Contact Ironwood Chiropractic for Compression Socks in Richmond
Compression socks are a safe and effective way to improve blood circulation and prevent various medical conditions. If you think they may be beneficial to you, contact our team at Ironwood Chiropractic to get fitted with a pair. We specialize in chiropractic care and other services.