Top 6 Reasons to Wear Compression Socks

September 29, 2017

Top 6 Reasons to Wear Compression Socks

Compression in activewear is a funny thing. Lots of athletes routinely cover themselves head-to-toe in compression leggings, tops, and workout jackets. But many forego their sense of style choosing function over fashion.

Until now, compression socks were mostly marketed to elderly and less active individuals. Often hidden under pants and serving a medical purpose, the aesthetic just wasn't considered in the design and manufacturing process of compression socks. With that said, we at Lily Trotters have taken our passion for all things compression and done one very important thing...

We made compression socks cute!

Compression socks are for everyone. Here are 6 reasons why you should be wearing them. 

1. They improve your performance.

Compression socks do wonders for top athletes and occasional gym dwellers alike. According to several scientific studies, individuals who perform strenuous physical activity enjoy better blood flow, reduced lactic acid build-up, and less muscle soreness when sporting compression socks.

2. They make long-haul flights safer and more comfortable.

We're all familiar with the discomfort of sitting in a cramped airplane seat. But those hours you spend at high altitude, not moving your feet much, can also lead to something much scarier than sore muscles.

As an airplane ascends, the cabin loses oxygen, which can in turn thicken the blood. Which can put plane passengers, especially those who don't get out of their seats, at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life-threatening blood clot.

To combat this in-flight risk, doctors regularly recommend patients wear compression socks on planes. Not only will the socks promote blood flow, they have also been shown to stop uncomfortable in-flight swelling.

3. They make your workday less strenuous

Whether you sit in front of a computer all day or you're always on the move, compression socks are the way to go!

If you have a desk job, compression socks provide support against swelling and the aforementioned DVT. Alternatively, flight attendants, doctors, teachers, and servers can wear compression socks to avoid swelling and sore muscles from being on their feet all day. 

4. They provide support during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy presents all sorts of physical challenges, but the extra weight of a growing baby can be particularly hard on your legs and feet. Additionally, pregnant women experience periods of diminished blood flow, as babies are known to put pressure on the veins, and physical activity usually goes down during this time.

Thankfully, compression socks work great in combatting the swollen feet of pregnancy. Time to add them to your baby registry!

5. They can help you fight off varicose veins.

Unfortunately, varicose veins are genetic. But there are some things you can do to stop them from getting worse.

Because compression socks promote circulation, varicose veins caused by weakened valves and lessened blood flow are given the surge of oxygen they need. Of course, always speak with your doctor before you attempt to treat this condition on your own, as some cases may require further medical intervention.

6. They look great! 

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With lots of patterns to chose from, our compression socks can add a skip to your step and some spice to your wardrobe. 

What are you waiting for? Browse our styles and give compression socks a try!


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