Compression Socks and Stockings: How do they Work?

At our medical spa, our patients are usually less than thrilled when we tell them they have to wear compression stockings. But let me give you the reasons behind this recommendation.

Compression stockings offer a variety of benefits to those who are suffering from the symptoms of vein disease. Though they are oftentimes used after vein procedures to reduce the risk of developing blood clots and to help your legs heal quicker, they are also great as a preventative option for those who want to increase blood flow in their legs and reduce leg soreness. Compression stockings are often worn by runners for those exact reasons.

How Do Compression Socks Work?

The main purpose of compression stockings is to use pressure to push fluid upward and increase circulation in your legs. You can understand this as if you have an additional layer of muscles which are gently squeezing the stretched vein walls and hereby allowing the valves to close. Socks vary in size and tightness depending on the needs of the individual. They can range anywhere from knee height to hip height depending on severity and needs. Typically, we as your doctors will determine how tight the stocking should be, as well as the most appropriate height for your condition. Stockings should typically be replaced every 3-6 months, and it is advised that you put on your compression stockings first thing in the morning and wear them throughout the day for the best results.

Overall benefits of compression stockings:

  • Improve blood flow to your legs and overall circulation
  • Help keep fluid from pooling in the legs and causing swelling
  • Can help prevent blood clots in the legs due to venous disease
  • Can help relieve symptoms associated with varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis

The best part about compression stockings? They’ve recently experienced a fashion transformation and are currently available in new materials that are more comfortable, durable, and wearable than ever before. No more feeling like you’re wearing outdated pantyhose the likes of something your grandmother would wear—nope, the newest compression stockings are available in a variety of colors to match your distinctive style and taste. Although there is a variety of options out there, one of the biggest selections can be found on So what are you waiting for? Pick up some compression stockings today and get relief for those achy, sore legs.

If you’re looking for more information or tips regarding compression stockings and vein disease, or seeking vein treatment in the greater Denver area, contact the experienced doctors at Artemis Colorado – Vein & Cosmetic Center today! We are available to schedule you 24 hours a day and answer any questions you may have.