Our team at York Foot Orthotics and Bracing wants to help you do what’s best for your health, and we offer a range of products and services to help you do so. One of the most widely used products that we offer is our compression hose, which are garments designed to put consistent pressure on the legs in order to improve circulation and blood flow in that area. If you are curious about compression hose, keep reading to get an overview of why and when to wear them.
- Why Wear Compression Hose. As we stated above, the purpose of compression hose is to support healthy circulation in your lower limbs. Sitting in one position for long periods of time—as many people do in their office jobs—can prevent blood from flowing properly, which leads to an increased risk of blood clots and other problems. While you can reduce this risk by changing position periodically and getting up regularly to stretch, wearing compression hose will further reduce that risk by encouraging blood to flow up from your ankles, through your deep veins, and back to the heart.
- When to Wear Compression Hose. There are many occasions where wearing compression hose can be beneficial. While working at a desk job is one, you should also consider wearing compression hose when going on a long flight or any other time when you’ll be spending many hours in more or less the same position. We also recommend compression hose for those who are on bed rest or those who suffer from varicose veins or leg ulcers—while compression garments won’t cure these conditions, they can help relieve the aching and swelling that come with them.