These days, compression socks aren’t just meant to be worn by seniors and pro-athletes.
Doctors say almost everyone (no matter age, gender, health status or weight) can experience amazing results from wearing compression socks!
Here are some tips to get the most out of your compression socks on a daily basis!
#1) Put them on in the morning (before any symptoms start)
Most people have a habit of putting on their compression socks once they notice issues arising, such as swelling, pain, discolouration or calf fatigue. However, if you do this, your compression socks will be much harder to put on and won’t be as effective.
Doctors recommend putting on your socks in the morning when your feet are the least swollen, tired and irritated.
#2) Prep your legs
Compression socks shouldn’t be hard to put on. If you’re struggling to pull yours on in the morning, you may want to try prepping your legs first! If you shower in the morning, make sure your legs are completely dry before you try pulling them on. You can even add baby powder to help them slide on easier or wear rubber gloves.
If you’re having trouble bending over, or issues related to your back, you can get an Alpha Sock Slider to help hold your sock in place so you don’t have to bend down!
#3) Take proper care of your socks
Make sure to always follow the washing instructions that come with your compression socks. Some can be put straight into the washing machine and dryer and some need to be hand washed and hung to dry. Whatever your socks require, following the label will help you get the most use of your socks. (Most socks last around 6 months on average.)
#4) Have a backup pair
Buying an extra pair (or 2) of compression socks is a good idea for everyone! This way, you’ll always have a fresh pair on hand and won’t find yourself swollen and in pain without socks to wear right away.
Your compression socks should feel tight around your ankles, with the pressure slowly diminishing as the sock moves up the leg. Socks that are made with “graduated compression” will naturally do this!
Socks that properly fit should also come about 2 inches below your knee, and the heel and toe of the sock should match up with yours. Your socks should feel comfortable to wear on a daily basis, and should never cause you discomfort or pain.