Why Nurses Should Wear Compression Socks

Many nurses work 12 hour shifts and spend most of that time on their feet. This can cause a lot of pain and swelling. Hence the importance of wearing compression socks. They are not only for patients, runners, or people with vein issues. So let’s talk about the benefits and where you can buy some cute fashionable compression socks.

What are compression socks?
Compression socks or stockings are designed to perform compression therapy. They apply a gentle pressure to your legs to promote the flow of blood and circulation from your legs to your heart. They also aid in the reduction of swelling, pain and leg fatigue.

As a nurse, I wear them to reduce leg fatigue and promote circulation because I am on my feet for long periods of time. I can tell the difference when I do not wear them. My calves and legs tend to become sore when I do not have compression socks on. If you are prescribed them by your physician or even wear them by choice make sure to get fitted properly (by prescription) and monitor skin integrity.

So what are the benefits of wearing compression socks?

– Promote circulation in your legs
– Support veins
– Diminish leg swelling
– Help prevent blood clots from forming
– Reduce leg aches and pain
– Reduce varicose veins

Compression Levels

8-15 mmHg [ mild compression]
– Helps relieve minor swelling of legs, ankles, and feet.
– Helps minimize tired achy legs.
– Helps prevent leg fatigue.
– Helps maintain healthy legs.

15-20 mmHg [moderate compression]
– Prevention and relief of minor to moderate varicose and spider veins.
– Helps relieve tired, aching legs, and minor swelling of the legs, ankle, and feet.
– Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
– May be prescribed by a doctor post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose veins and spider veins.
-Great for long distance traveling.

20-30 mmHg [firm compression]

– Talk to your doctor before trying out medical compression socks of this grade.
– Helps prevent and relieve moderate to severe varicose veins.
– Helps in treatment of moderate to severe edema or lymphatic edema.
– Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
– Helps relieve superficial thrombophlebitis.
– Helps in treatment of moderate to severe edema or lymphatic edema.
– May be prescribed by a doctor for post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins.

30-40 mmHg [extra firm compression]

– Talk to your doctor before trying out medical compression socks of this grade.
– Helps prevent and relieve severe varicose veins.
– Helps in treatment of severe edema or lymphatic edema.
– May be prescribed by a doctor for post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins.
– Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Where can you purchase compression socks?

I own multiple pairs of compression socks and every pair I own are from Nurse Mates Brand. They offer several fun patterns and designs and are always coming out with new pairs. You can use my discount code REBEKAHXNM to save 15% off any purchase on their website.

** This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or before using this product.

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