Compression Socks are an Under-utilized Option: MD Podiatrist

Compression socks (or compression stockings) are socks of various length and tightness that are designed to gently squeeze legs a bit more than typical socks. “The key intention is to promote better blood circulation in the legs,” explains Dan Michaels, DPM. “It’s a very practical and common thing. But at the same time, it’s a very under-utilized option.”
Compression socks work most notably to help with venous problems of the legs. “Nearly 90% of leg disorders originate within the veins,” says Dr. Michaels. Besides venous insufficiency, Dr. Michaels says that another common reason for wearing compression socks is to aid in blood flow when you’re sitting for long periods of time, like on a long flight. With less movement and weaker circulation, there’s more pooling and retention of blood in the legs, which can raise chances of clots.