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Support stockings have been used to take care of venous disorders for a long time. From reducing the swelling in ankles and feet, relieving tired and aching legs for those who spend most of their day on their feet, and helping runners improve their performance by helping their legs recover after a long run; to preventing life-threatening blood clots which develop while traveling or during hospital stays; support stockings are one of the most important instruments used for quality health care.
When using these stockings, it is your responsibility to take care of the stockings and ensure proper use so that they will last longer.
Wear your stockings
If you are using support stockings to control swelling, remember that the swelling gets worse as the day progresses, so it is better to put the stockings on, first thing in the morning. This way, when you finally take them off at night before bedtime, the swelling will stay under control all day long.
The best way to avoid ruining your stockings is by making sure they do not get snagged on your own fingernails. Keep your nails smooth and trimmed so that you don't have to keep replacing expensive stockings.
When you are putting on your stockings, it is best to use a stocking donner so you don't accidentally rip or ruin them. There are many donning aids available online which you can use to don your stockings more easily.
Support stockings last 3 to 6 months and once they reach their expected lifetime, they lose their elasticity and do not provide the right amount of compression as they did when you first bought them. Remember that if the stockings suddenly become very easy to put on, it's probably time for you to throw them out and buy a new pair.
Caring for your stockings
Care is important if you want your stockings to last longer than a month. Support stockings are often worn throughout your day, so it's always better to have 2-3 extra pair on hand so that if one stocking loses its elasticity or is dirty, you can use a second back up pair.
It is important to know the manufacturer's washing and care instructions for the stockings. Different brands give different washing instructions and it is essential that you know the warnings and cautions before you place them in the wash.
It is also important that you use the right stocking detergent for cleaning your support stockings. Normal laundry detergents nowadays have many components such as extra strength, color care, gentle wash and even instructions for separate color washings. So when using a particular brand of support stocking, make sure that the detergent you use to wash them is the right one.
so when you use their stockings for any of your medical problems, you can be sure that you have the best quality fabric at hand. The durability of your stockings often depends on the care you provide and upon your following the manufacturer's guidelines. Do so, and your stockings will support you for several months.
When you want to take care of any medical problems concerning your legs, the proper thing to do is to use the best equipment available, but only after consulting a physician. For years, doctors have been recommending compression socks to take care of many medical conditions, from swollen ankles and varicose veins to preventing life-threatening blood clots.
Compression socks have been used in athletic workouts not only because they are more useful than traditional athletic socks but also because of other benefits. Compression socks are now also being used by athletes and trainers as part of compression therapy to boost their performance and recovery.
How do compression socks work?
Compression socks provide therapy by gradually squeezing the skin from the ankle to the knee. This gentle squeezing enhances and improves blood flow and circulation in the leg and also increases the level of oxygen which goes to the muscle tissue. For runners, be they joggers or marathon runners, compressions socks are more favorable because during exercise, they prevent the build-up of lactic acid in the legs. Lactic acid is the main cause for muscle fatigue and discomfort a person endures during their workout or competition, and thus; can negatively affect the athlete's performance.
According to an independent study from the Journal of Sports Sciences, wearing compression socks during training or during a strenuous workout can help with Daily Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. Basically, wearing these socks not only enhances an athlete's performance but also provides therapy when they are recovering from any strenuous activity.
According to the study, it was found that 86% of the participants who wore these graduated compression socks did not experience DOMS after their workout. Compared to the participants wearing regular ankle socks, the ones wearing compression socks were in better shape after their work outs.
When choosing clothing, we always look for the right fit an high quality construction. For socks, we follow the same guidelines. Look for the right amount of compression on the label and don't opt for bargain compression socks just because you might save some money. The compression should be between 15-30mmHg so it can benefit you properly.
The correct size is also important. A good sock does not get measured the same way as a shoe, so get the correct ankle and calf measurements to ensure that the sock is a proper fit.
Thirdly, follow the manufacturer's care instructions so you can keep the socks in working condition.
When training, the right equipment is just as important as the right outfit, and although you will not be wearing it as a fashion choice, wearing the right quality graduated compression socks will help you exercise better and recover while your body stays in its best shape.