“Compression stockings” is a fancy way to describe a garment which is basically just a pair of tight socks. These come in variety of patterns and colors and they can look as inconspicuous as normal dress socks. Unlike normal socks, they squeeze your legs!
If you stand and walk around most of the day, gravity will be constantly acting on the fluid in your body down and drawing it down into your legs.
In our young patients, this usually doesn’t lead to any detectable swelling on physical exam. In the older patients, however, there can be some very obvious swelling! In both age groups, people often note that their legs get sore by the end of a a full day standing. Over time, this can lead to unsightly varicose veins and even some serious breakdown of the skin.
If you stand most of the day, and especially if your feet hurt at the end of the day, why not try these? They are easily available by searching on amazon.com for “compression stockings” and picking out a size that fits you!
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