The people who can reap the most perks from compression socks are those who spend a lot of time on their feet, pregnant people, and people with superficial varicose veins, says Dr. Sutera, adding that both adults and children can benefit during physical activity. That said, if you have arterial circulation problems (arteries bringing oxygenated blood from heart and lungs to the body), thin, brittle skin, or wounds, compression should be avoided, and Dr. Sutera recommends consulting a medical professional prior to starting any treatment protocols. "If you have very swollen legs, poor circulation, diabetes, severe varicose veins, etc., see your doctor for guidance and possibly a prescription version of compression stockings," she says.
If you don't have any major medical conditions, she recommends starting with a low level of compression and working your way up to higher compression. "We find that people will use them more often if they are comfortable and easy to wear," says Dr. Sutera. "The more compression, the tighter and harder they are to put on and off.”
With that in mind, shop our picks for the best compression socks below
Say hello to your new everyday compression socks. These feature gentle compression and are made from a blend of bamboo and recycled polyester, which makes them incredibly soft and breathable. The mismatched colors and patterns bring a sense of whimsy to something that’s inherently practical.
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