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Article: Can Wearing Compression Socks for Too Long be Harmful?

Can Wearing Compression Socks for Too Long be Harmful?

Compression socks are probably best known for aiding runners during and after their runs. They can help improve your performance during a race, speed up recovery time after a run, and prevent running-related injuries. Even though the use of compression socks is becoming more popular, many people wonder, can wearing compression socks be harmful if worn for a long a period of time?

Side Effects of Wearing Compression Stockings


Most standard compression socks have a 15mmHg or higher level of compression. Although not necessarily bad for you, they can get uncomfortable for some people after long periods of time. Dr. Motion's knee high graduated compression stockings feature a mild compression level of 8-15 mmHg which make them extremely comfortable to wear every day. This compression level makes our socks some of the best compression socks for travelers, athletes, people who sit or are on their feet all day, and pregnant women! They provide health benefits which can include reducing fatigue & swelling, improving poor circulation, relieving aching and tired muscles, providing lower leg support, combatting varicose veins, and more.

Dr. Motion compression socks are made with microfiber nylon or cotton and are antimicrobial and anti-odor. They will be soft on your skin and therefore more comfortable to wear all day or night. Plus, they come in tons of fun colors and designs for both men and women. Not only will you be stylish, you'll be helping your body as well! What other compression socks can say the same thing?


The benefits of wearing compression socks during the day may seem obvious. After all, that's when you're most active and may have trouble with blood flow and circulation. But can you wear compression socks to bed? Wearing compression stockings to bed can help keep the good circulation going while you sleep.

This is typically only recommended for those with a medical condition or severe symptoms. If you are generally healthy, removing your compression socks at night and putting them back on in the morning before you start your day is what’s preferred.

When you're lying down at night or lounging on the couch, you'll have better circulation because you're not using your legs as much and are able to stretch them out, unlike if you're standing or sitting all day at work. Because you don't have the same circulation problems, you won't need help maintaining proper circulation support. Give your legs a "breather" and remove the socks when you're less active.

Can Wearing Compression Socks Be Harmful to You?


  • The quick answer - No! If you're very active, or sit all day, or are pregnant, it is safe to wear Dr. Motion compression socks all day long.

  • If you are generally healthy, it is recommended to remove the compression socks at night. Talk with your doctor if you have other concerns or to get a better understanding of the potential side effects of wearing compression stockings.

  • If you wear them every day, you'll likely want a new pair after about six months to keep them in good working order.


When you're ready to experience the health benefits and effects of compression socks,

find your local Dr. Motion retailer and buy your pair! Dr. Motion compression socks are available at a variety of popular retailers including Kohl's, DSW, Target, and Amazon. You can shop online or in a store near you.  Stock up today because you'll be wanting to wear them every day and with every outfit.


Disclaimer: This article provides information solely for educational purposes, including but not limited to text, graphics, images, and other materials contained herein. This article is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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