Compression stockings, also known as compression socks or support hose, are tight knee-high stockings, thigh-high stockings or pantyhose, originally developed for people suffering from circulatory problems, such as deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins or lymphedema, just to name a few. The use of compression stockings or support hose promotes blood and lymph circulation, thus helping the body eliminate waste from the blood more quickly. Compression stockings or support hose are generally recommended for athletes and those who are suffering from circulatory problems.
Compression garments, compression sleeves and compression stockings or support hose can make an enormous difference in your health and your quality of life. Do your legs tend to swell above the sock-line? Do you regularly suffer from cold feet or nocturnal leg cramps, or do you feel frequent tingling in your feet when you’re in certain positions? If so, you may be suffering from poor blood circulation. Compression stockings promote venous return by exerting pressure on the veins, helping them carry the blood back toward the heart.
However, the use of compression garments, compression sleeves and compression stockings or support hose isn’t recommended for everyone. It’s very important that you ask your physician whether the use of compression garments would be beneficial to your health or not.