Why you have to add compression socks to your summer wardrobe
With the summer warming up, you’ll be looking for the most stylish and, most importantly, cooling options for your wardrobe. The same will no doubt be true if you wear compression socks. In fact, you might even be tempted to discard these for the summer and start wearing them again in the autumn when the temperature drops. However, it’s important to fully understand the health benefits of wearing compression socks, especially in warm weather. Don’t worry there are plenty of stylish options available too!
According to an expert in varicose vein treatments, compression socks and stockings help to improve blood flow around the leg which plays a key role in lowering the risk of developing blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or suffering from other circulation problems. Blood clots should be a particular worry as in severe cases they can even be life-threatening if the clot breaks away and travels to your lungs through your bloodstream.
Compression socks act by pressurizing the leg and pushing blood around the leg and preventing blood from pooling in one spot and enlarging the blood vessels in this area which can lead to visible varicose veins.
Wearing compression socks or stockings can also prevent your legs from becoming fatigued or swollen by ensuring that blood flows more freely.
Aren’t compression stockings just for older people?
This myth has prevented many women from considering wearing compression socks for years but awareness has increased of the benefits that wearing these garments can have on the health of individuals of all ages. Compression socks are more popular than ever with a huge variety of groups including:
- Athletes – wearing these socks during exercise can improve blood flow, reduce fatigue and improve performances and recovery times
- Business Women – if you are required to fly regularly for work then compression socks can be incredibly useful at ensuring you feel refreshed, comfortable and confident when you land
- Pregnant women
- Anyone who might be at increased risk of developing a blood clot or circulatory condition
In fact, fashion designers have embraced stockings and are bringing these garments back into style! In recent years, designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Jil Sander have all included knee-high socks or stockings in new catwalk collections which has helped to drive the recent trend of more stylish compression stockings aimed at both men and women. There are now many manufacturers and retailers providing customers with high quality, comfortable and fashionable products, some masterminded by designers from world-famous fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger!
Sporting compression socks have also increased in popularity with a rise in the number of famous professional athletes who swear by their benefits. Although evidence of a boost to performance is limited, wearing these socks certainly won’t hurt your times whilst potentially giving you a psychological edge and ensuring that your long-term health is maintained.
What to look for when choosing compression socks
The level of compression is the most important aspect when selecting compression socks. It is also best to ask for advice from a specialist as wearing an unsuitable level of compression can do more harm than good. There are four main categories of compression stockings with Type 1 (10-15 mmHg compression) the lightest.
A specialist will also be able to show you how to wear these socks correctly so to maximize the effectiveness. You should ensure that the socks fit perfectly so you do not have to roll them up at the top as this can restrict blood flow. The socks should also be smooth when you wear them so it is best to avoid purchasing a size that is too big.
What your socks are made from should also be a consideration, especially as the temperature rises. There are a wide range of materials to choose from so you will have plenty of options for whatever your circumstances might be. For everyday use, cotton socks are a good choice, whereas sheer compression socks, which are thinner and more breathable, are perfect for vigorous exercise during the height of summer.
With the fantastic array of designs that are now available, women no longer need to be self-conscious about wearing compression socks. We recommend that you embrace these beautiful designs and no doubt you will feel healthier than ever!