You’ve probably heard of compression socks, but you may not know that they come in varying levels of compression, styles, and sizes. Depending on your lifestyle, health needs, and unique personal situation, certain compression socks might be better for you than others. Different compression socks are good for different situations. Let’s dive into the world of compression socks a little deeper, so you can figure out which kind is best for you.
Best Socks for People with Diabetes
Socks with a really high compression are not recommended for diabetics. So, if you’re shopping for a sock for someone with diabetes, the Comfort top socks are a great option! They have a non-binding top along with a graduated cuff to provide a better fit around the leg and allow unrestricted circulation -- and, ultimate comfort.
Dr. Motion’s comfort top socks are created with copper-infused & TruDry™ material, which is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and moisture-wicking. For people with diabetes, this combination can help prevent foot sores and other problems that happen with the feet. They feature a non-binding Lycra® top, which maximizes stretch for better comfort and circulation, so you don’t have to feel like you’re stuck inside your socks.
Best Compression Socks for Standing All Day
If you’re someone who is on your feet all day, you’re looking for different support compared to someone who’s running a marathon or is looking for a way to combat varicose veins. For people who don’t get to use the seat of their chair very often, it’s important to find a pair of compression socks that refreshes your tired legs and helps prevent swollen or painful feet.
Compression socks that go over the calf are great for people who are standing or walking all day. This is because they’ll support your entire lower legs, including the veins and arteries, so your legs don’t swell or feel fatigued. Additionally, because they enhance blood flow, they’ll help keep your feet in good working condition. In lieu of socks, you could also consider a compression sleeve, which will do the same work as a sock, without the foot part.
Best Compression Socks for Travel
When it comes to travel, you can go with socks that stop at your ankle or those that go all the way to your knee. What’s important is finding a sock that’s designed with graduated compression, providing optimal support and comfort while you’re going from Point A to Point B.
Look for a sock that’s made of soft wicking yarns that will keep your feet cool, dry, and healthy during your travels. If you’re going for ankle-high socks, make sure the sock has an Achilles protection tab to defend your heel against blisters, chafing, and sliding. Some socks offer dynamic arch support, which increases stability and balance—you definitely want this in a travel sock.
What mmHg Compression Stockings Do I Need?
Compression socks are measured by a range of numbers that indicate how much graduated compression the garment has. If you have medical needs—such as having diabetes—you might need a stronger mmHg level of compression. If you’re just looking for a sock to support you during work and play, a lower mmHg will usually do the trick. If you’re unsure, talk to your doctor to get medical guidance.
Here’s a breakdown of the way mmHg works when it comes to compression socks:
What are the different categories of compression socks?
- Mild Compression: less than 20mmHg or class 1
- Moderate Compression: of 20–30mmHg or class 2
- High Compression: greater than 30mmHg, or class 3
What are the benefits of the different classes of compression socks?
Class 1 provides support for mildly aching and tired legs. It also provides day-to-day relief from achy, heavy, slightly swollen legs. The mild compression gives support and comfort for either standing or sitting for long periods, promotes blood circulation to support general health and energy, and can help prevent varicose and spider veins
Class 2 is the most commonly prescribed compression level by doctors. The moderate compression is used to help a variety of minor-to-moderate medical conditions. It can help chronically painful, heavily fatigued legs and aid in the treatment of varicose veins. It can also provide relief from the swelling associated with mild edema
Class 3 is most commonly used to provide relief from moderate and severe edema and lymphedema. The high compression helps prevent and relieve more serious cases of varicose veins. Class 3 compression is often used in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis & post-thrombotic syndrome. It can help heal active venous stasis ulcers and is used after bone fractures and orthopedic surgeries
- Compression socks are great for everybody, and your specific compression needs will influence which type of compression socks you need.
- Class 1 provides Mild Compression, Class 2 provides Moderate Compression, and Class 3 is High Compression.
- Do you research before you settle on your next pair of compression socks to ensure you get the comfort and quality your legs deserve!
Hopefully, this helps you understand why compression socks are good. If you’re looking for compression socks that’ll give your legs the attention they deserve (all while being stylish, too), you’ve come to the right place. Order your Dr. Motion compression socks today!