You know that feeling when you have been sitting for too long, and your legs fall asleep? Or that time when you kept your legs in one position for an hour or so, and they started to swell, and your calf muscles began to ache? This trouble is a common phenomenon caused by the idleness of your leg muscles. It is a common reaction from your body, but when it happens too often, it can affect your muscles adversely. It could even result in severe medical conditions like varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis that can render even the smallest actions, including walking, a painful experience.
These swellings and aching might usually be the result of fluid buildup or edema, which happens when you spend hours standing or sitting, or sometimes because you need to be concerned about your weight and has to commence an exercise routine soon. To avoid this condition, experts advice to try not to stay in the same position for more than an hour. But considering the current lifestyle and work culture, switching stances from time to time might not be an easy task. That is where compression socks and stockings show up for your help.
What are Compression Socks and Stockings?
Compression socks and stockings are cozy wears for your feet. However, they are more than that. They help with fluid edema and the pooling of stale blood in your veins. It might sound far-fetched to say that a pair of garments can perform such a task, but these socks and stockings will prove it so.
It might seem like a newfound technology, but the truth is that products similar to compression socks were popular since years ago. Soldiers used to wear bandages and cloth pieces on their legs to prevent their legs from falling asleep and channeling unrestricted blood flow. But these were rendered slightly flawed as the primitive technology sometimes backfired.
Even so, we derived the idea of compression socks from this practice. And with the advance of science and technology, the experts at ComproGear have developed better fabrics and comfortable sewing techniques to put this idea to good use and to bring the perfect products to help you in your day-to-day life. They are soft and cozy and come in tasteful designs that will suit all genders unanimously.
How Do Compression Socks and Stockings Work?
When your legs are kept idle for a long time, the blood circulation through your veins slows down with every passing minute. This action restricts the proper transportation of oxygen to your muscles, and that could result in cramps and swelling due to lactic acid production. The blood that pools in your legs should go back into your heart and complete the circulation, or else the prolonged pooling will affect not only your muscles but also test the capacity of your veins.
To prevent this from happening, you have to apply a light pressure on your legs to allow the blood to flow back naturally, even if the legs are technically not moving. Massage routines, which will calm the veins down and ease the stress that was building up in your legs, can help. But not everyone can get a masseuse when they are standing in a long queue in the bank or working in their cubicle, and some can’t even afford them. That is where compression socks and stockings can help you.
These products made out of custom fabrics will cover your legs and gently apply pressure on your veins and muscles. This action will help the blood to continue circulating in the usual way and thus streaming it back to your heart with no restrictions. Correct and ample blood flow reduces the risks of edema or swelling, saving your legs from more significant health troubles, and even save you from long hospital bills and unwarranted financial loss.
The fabrics of these socks and stockings are airy so that your skin will be able to breathe with no trouble. They are free of allergens too, so that you can rest assured. The compression will be so gentle that you won’t even feel much of it, but the results will always be positive. It is one of the most common misconceptions that compression will cut off blood circulation and add to swelling, but it is not so. At ComproGear, all products are tested and verified to fit customers of all sizes and skin types.
There are products available for everyone – and a vast collection from which you can choose the best. For the ladies, there are compression stockings that will go well with the summer dresses, so you don’t have to worry about wearing socks with your sandals and slippers. The products are up to date concerning the fashion of the time. The designs are either cute or formal – you can choose your favorite pairs from these.
Here are some of our top recommendations for compression socks.
Available in sizes ranging from small to extra-large, these socks are what you need to help ease your muscles from the stress of daily routine. This design, with a subtle pattern with the suiting shades of savory blue chevrons, is comfortable to be worn all day. With its knee-high length, it becomes the best choice for cold days. The primary fabric of these socks is a mix of 65% Nylon and 35% Elastane, and it lets your skin breathe with no trouble.
Do not want your socks to look like an extra when matched with your formal attire? The ComproGear compression socks with sunset stripes design are the best choice for you. It has a classic stripe design with the base of gray that looks great with loose pants and suits. Made of signature ComproGear material with 65% nylon and 35% spandex, it will warm up your legs while helping your calf muscles ease. The level of compression ranges from 20 to 30 mmHg, which is just the right amount for a typical adult. The compression and design suits men and women alike.
About to wear a cute dress but do not want to pair heavily designed compression socks with it? The mountain blue compression socks got you covered. This design sports a plain blue-black color that blends well with a summer dress. Neither will it feel out of place, nor will it suffocate your legs. The perfect blend of nylon and spandex makes it stretchable enough and will prevent your legs from over-sweating. It also helps in maintaining the needed compression on your muscles and veins. This design is fashion and comfort in one package.
This design is another addition to the socks suited for people who do not prefer patterns or knits on their socks. This pair of socks in the formal black shade is the best fit for uniforms and skirts alike. The nylon-elastane mix fabric covers and compresses your leg muscles. You can wear them all day, and they are easy to clean. ComproGear guarantees you a pair that will fit any sizes of legs. These fashionable knee-high socks are the best products that can relax your muscles.
Now, if you are not a fan of wearing socks and if you prefer to let your toes be free, the open toe stockings are just what you need.
Open toe stockings are perfect for fashionable ladies in the months of summer and spring. They are not to be confused with footless stockings; these are more comparable to fingerless gloves – stockings that let you wiggle your toes freely.
There are countless benefits for using open toe compression stockings, the first one being its light, airy nature. They won’t look too bulky, so they will not interfere with your choice of outfit. They won’t make your legs feel stuffy or sweaty as they are super thin. But you have to keep in mind that this delicate nature doesn’t bring down its compressive factor, even by a bit. So you get a stylish pair of stockings that are just as well useful for your body’s well-being.
You can also opt for open toe compression stockings if you have a larger shoe size in comparison to the rest of your body. This measure will help you to get rid of the cramped feeling on your feet and will let you wear a pair of stockings with your favorites summer flip-flops and spring sandals.
Benefits of Wearing a Pair of Open Toe Compression Stockings
Typically, compression socks can wear your legs out in the warmer months. Then, you can opt for the compression stockings instead, especially if you are a patient who needs regular leg compression. Now you can finally go for that evening jog or soccer practice even if it is hot on the outside – you just have to switch from compression socks to compression stockings, preferably open-toed. Since the chances of lactic acid production id higher during heavy workouts and practice sessions, even athletes prefer to use compression products to help their legs to stay in shape with not much stress. The stockings will blend in with your outfit and give proper aeration to your muscles, making sure that the supply of blood in your veins is not cut-off. This feature, in turn, reduces the risk of substantial injuries due to negligence, as any think that exercise or only moving around will prevent the restriction from building up in someone’s blood flow, especially in their limbs. Thus, these pairs act as a great friend to sporty people, especially the ladies.
The light and airy features of these open-toed compression stockings make them portable, no matter where the destination is. They will fit in your luggage like any other regular pair of stockings. These are, thus, ideal if you are planning to go to a tropical place for your vacation. And you can get energetic and roam all the places you want without fearing unwarranted muscle cramps and having to find a doctor in an area you are not familiar with.
The open toes, unlike regular pairs of stockings, won’t let your toes get clumped together. Sometimes, restricting the movement of toes can result in sudden vein troubles that will shoot up a searing pain through your leg. But with the open-toed stockings, you can move your toes, and thus, it will help in creating room for relaxation. The regular stockings do not go well with open-toed footwear, but you don’t have to worry about such a thing with the open-toed ones as they are perfect for party wears.
All in all, open-toed compression stockings are an excellent choice for energetic extroverts and shy introverts alike.
How to Make the Most Out of a Pair of Open Toe Compression Stockings?
Compression stocking, just like regular stockings, need to be treated with extra care. Open toes compression stockings are more stringent than the regular ones because of the exclusive fabrics and sewing techniques, but they too won’t last long if you do not treat them gently. Here are some tips that you can keep in your mind to take good care of your compression stockings.
- Wash your compression stockings after each use.
Even though they might not look as thick and taught as socks, compression stockings do a great deal of help in making sure your legs are in great shape. Similarly, you have to make sure that your pair of stockings is in great shape too. One way to do this is to wash them regularly, preferably after each use. Your stockings define the shape of your legs by stretching to fit them, and by cleaning them carefully, you are helping to restore its original form and strength. You have to be extra careful about washing a pair of compression stockings.
There are varieties that you can clean by using washing machines, but some compression stockings might require a gentle wash with hands. This deviation arises due to the material or the main fabric of the stockings. In conclusion, you have to pay extra heed on how the washing instructions on your pair of stockings direct you.
Some general washing tips for stockings:
- It is always a safe method to use cold water to wash your stockings.
- Try not to apply any extra heat directly on the stockings to wash them or dry them – keep them away from blow dryers and hot water.
- Use a gentle detergent or soap to clean your stockings, a small amount at that.
- Do not use conditioners or starch to make it “extra smooth” or “extra tough.” They just ruin the fabric and make it more prone to wears and tears. Doing so will even lead to the material losing its elastic capacity.
- Do not wring your stockings when they are wet. The stockings are supposed to get back its original elasticity naturally after washing – twisting it will only make things worse as it puts extra strain on the fabric, and you might end up making it looser.
- After washing, pat your stockings dry with a towel. Let them dry on their own in the wind by hanging them up.
- Do not iron your stockings. It won’t have any wrinkles, usually when you wear it. Moreover, direct heat is an enemy of the elastic fabric.
- Putting on your compression stockings:
Put on your compression stockings very gently to avoid damages. Try not to grip it with your fingernails or anything sharp so that they don’t snag. If you want to be extra careful, you can put them on while wearing a pair of gloves or so. You should follow this precaution because even the tiniest snag could go unnoticed and cause the stockings to tear when there is a sudden strain. It is always better to ball them up and gently pull them up on your leg when you put them on. Imitate the same action while taking the off too to reduce the chances of damage. Stretching them in a hurry or pulling on them could tear the thread-work.
- In times of snags, don’t panic:
If you accidentally made a snag on your compression stockings, there are a few things you can do to salvage it. To make sure that it doesn’t get any worse, you can apply a coating of clear nail polish on it. This measure will hold the stockings together for a copious amount of time, in case it is an emergency. If there is a visible thread that is sticking out at the snag, you can pull it after reassuring that it won’t make things worse. If you are not good at sewing in general, you can get help from a professional – or a good friend.
To conclude, we can say that compression stockings are a work of art and use. These are exactly what a working adult needs if their work and life demand a lot of sitting or standing idly. It is also the best for athletes who want to do more and are trying to push their limits.