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Aside from daily strolls around the block and walking up and down the stairs, it’s no secret that our step-intake and overall movement has dramatically decreased as we all take the pledge to stay home.
As our physical activity reduces, less blood flows to our muscles. However, after it was suggested to me by a friend that I should look into investing in a pair of compression socks, I decided to dive deeper into the benefits. Ultimately, I learned that the advanced fabrication that compression socks are crafted from prevent discomfort during prolonged sitting and standing periods.
According to a compression sock consumer report, “compression socks not only relieve your tired and swollen feet… they also help you prevent dangerous health conditions associated with prolonged immobility.”
The report adds that the “socks can help reduce the risk of blood clots (DVT), relieve edema and varicose vein symptoms and improve your circulation. That’s why doctors recommend travelers (and anyone who sits or stands for a long time) wear a good pair compression socks.”
Experts at Sugar Free Sox have explained that “anyone with an occupation that requires sitting at a desk for multiple hours a day can fight the negative effects of prolonged sitting by wearing compression socks. In addition to getting up and moving around every 30 minutes, compression socks can help relieve some of the swelling and aches in your lower body.”
The same report also says that compression socks might be suitable for healthcare working, explaining “standing for prolonged periods of time not only causes discomfort, varicose veins, and fatigue, but also decreases a nurse’s level of mental alertness. Compression socks can help alleviate these problems by keeping a nurse’s legs and feet comfortable while on duty.”
Essentially, compression socks work to maximize circulation while minimizing swelling. With so many different brands on the markets at all different price points, we rounded up top-rated options for every budget.
Shop: Dr. Motion 1/2-Cushion Compression Knee-High Socks, $8.99
Dr. Motion offers a slew of compression socks that come in fun and quirky prints. We like this classic black pair because of the graduated compression to help circulation.
Shop: McDavid Rebound Compression Socks, $39.99
Although these McDavid socks are more on the costly side, they are designed from specialty yarns made with seaweed and zinc, to help increase blood flow post-exertion for a faster recovery.
Shop: Adidas Superlite Low Cut Compression Socks (6-Pack), $14.99
These ankle-length socks by Adidas are perfect for someone looking to focus on their feet rather than their upper leg. They feature elastic arch support to reduce fatigue. Plus, it’s designed with an odor-resistant technology.
Shop: Nordstrom Compression Trouser Socks, $7.50 (Orig. $15.00)
For a more refined approach to compression socks, these Nordstrom ones are your best bet. With nearly 100 reviews from shoppers, one enthused customer says, “These are great if you’re on your feet all day. They don’t feel too restrictive, but they still have enough support/compression you can feel. I would recommend them if you work in the medical field or if you use a Varidesk or if you move around your house a lot.”
Shop: Insignia Performance Compression Knee High Socks, $56.00
Made from soft, breathable microfiber, these luxe compression socks feature thermal control to keep your feet cool, dry and comfortable.
Shop: Dr. Motion Mild Compression Dot Knee High Socks, $7.99
We love these bestselling socks by Dr. Motion because not only do they make things a little more fun with the colorful polkadots, but they also have a mild compression for someone new to compression socks.
Shop: Nufabrx Medicated Unisex Knee High Socks with Capsaicin, $29.99
These medicated compression socks contain a safe, active ingredient called Capsaicin that works to relieve muscle and joint pain associated with backache, strains, sprains, arthritis, muscle stiffness or soreness.
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