So you might be asking yourself, “Do I need compression socks?” Here’s the lowdown on how it all works.
First things first, let’s talk about circulation—a.k.a. the journey blood takes when it’s traveling to and from your legs. Since your heart pumps blood throughout your body to bring oxygen to your extremities, the blood has to get back. That’s where veins come in. They push the blood back to your heart and the process starts all over again.
But that’s where things can start to get a little tricky—and also where compression can help.
The blood in your veins works against gravity when it’s in your legs and tries to make that trip back up to the heart. So, sitting with your feet on the floor (like at a desk or on an airplane) for long periods can cause blood to pool in your legs. This can lead to fatigue, swelling, or even life-threatening blood clots.
How do you reduce your risk for this? You help your blood flow by applying pressure to your veins, so the blood in your legs makes it back up to your heart in good time. What’s the easiest way to do this? Yep, you guessed it: compression socks.
Usually, if your socks have a pressure range between 15-25 mmHg (that’s the technical measurement for compression; it stands for millimeters of mercury which is an old-school method of measurement, just trust us) you’re able to reduce or totally prevent swelling. That’s why we use between 15-20 mmHg in our socks. Oh, and they happen to look really good, too. These are definitely not your grandma’s compression socks.