With February being American Heart Month, we wanted to be sure to spread the good word about a product that can help treat heart failure – compression socks. While many people are aware of how compression socks can help with edema, pregnancy swelling, varicose veins and more, not as many are aware of how they help with your heart. That’s where we come in. Follow along to learn more!  

What are Compression Socks?  

Compression socks are specialized stockings that support and promote blood flow. These socks are exactly as they sound, socks that are worn around the leg or lower limb that compress that lower part of the body to help circulate your blood. Not only do these socks aid in blood flow, but by doing this, patients also find they have increased energy because of that better blood flow.  

How Do They Help Your Heart Specifically?  

Let’s start with the basics. Veins bring blood back to the heart, and your legs and feet are furthest from the heart making this area a little harder to push the blood back up to. This often causes swelling, or edema, and can make you very uncomfortable, tired and even cause pain or other serious health issues if not treated.  

After someone experiences a heart attack, or if you are known to have heart issues, talk to your doctor to see if compression socks are something that could benefit you. These socks will specifically help you by reducing swelling, reducing high blood pressure and increasing your energy, giving you fewer things to worry about on your health journey in life.  

Who Else Can Benefit from Compression Socks? 

Compression socks don’t just help people with heart failure, in fact, they are used by people of all ages for different reasons including but not limited to:  

  • Pregnancy  
  • Varicose Veins  
  • Lymphedema  
  • Long-Distance Running  
  • Standing or Sitting for Long Periods of Time  
  • Post-Surgery 

While there are many reasons you might think compression socks may help yourself or someone you love, it’s always important to consult with your doctor first. They will assist you by telling you if you need them, showing you how to use them, giving you time for how long to wear them, what size you need and what strength you need. Compression socks are not a one-size-fits-all type of product so be sure to do your due diligence before purchasing them. When you’re ready to buy, take a look at our online catalog. We carry a variety of options including different colors so you can pick what fits your personality and medical needs all in one. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! Our team is happy and ready to assist you.