Today’s topic is about compression socks and how they can benefit those suffering from edema (swelling); we will also discuss how long to wear compression socks for edema.
What is Edema and What Causes It?
Generally, edema is caused by poor circulation. Edema is actually the clinical/medical term for water retention and the abnormal buildup of fluids under the skin. It is most like to occur in the feet, ankles and lower leg areas.
Some of the causes of edema are varicose veins, surgery, pregnancy, some sports injuries and some medical conditions such as cardiovascular irregularities and issues.
How Compression Socks Can Help
In medical situations, doctors often suggest that patients with edema to wear compression socks to prevent fluid retention and buildup. Compression socks create pressure on legs that fight edema. Additionally, the compression will also help increase circulation of blood and other fluids to prevent pooling and retention. The type of socks your doctor may recommend will depend on the type of edema. Lymphedema, for example, requires the highest pressure socks to be treated effectively.
Compression can also be worn for those who are suffering from sports injuries. Again due to the pressure and increased circulation, swelling can be reduced from strains and sprains suffered during a work out. Also compression sock and other gear can increase recovery and even prevent some types of injuries.
How Long Should You Wear Compression Socks for Edema?
For medical purposes, your doctor will provide instructions on how long you should wear compression socks. Further, you will probably meet with your physician every few months to evaluate your progress and whether you need to continue to wear compression socks for edema. Depending upon your individual case, you may need to wear them for several months or even the rest of your life.
If your edema situation is mild or under control and if you are undergoing other treatments such as taking diuretics, your time wearing compression socks will most likely be short.
However, if your veins have been too damaged to the point the are just too weak to prevent fluid pooling and leakage, it is dangerous to stop wearing compression socks. Letting vein disease go untreated can lead to serious medical conditions, such as blood clots and DVTs.
Times to Wear Your Socks
If you can, put your socks on right after you wake up. Swelling is low in the morning, making putting on the socks easier.
Depending upon your case, you may be told to wear several socks at once. If the swelling in morning is high and you can’t easily get your socks on, try elevating your legs to help reduce swelling. You will probably be instructed to wear the socks all day, but not while you are sleeping.
If you think you are suffering from edema caused by a medical condition, talk to your physician about whether compression socks can help. He or she will also discuss the best type for you, as well as the pressure level you will need, as well as how log to wear compression socks for edema.
Once you have discussed your situation with your doctor and have the right type of compression you need, visit us at ZeroPoint Compression so we can help you select the best socks for you!