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Why Wear Compression Socks?

This is what all the hoopla is about

Compression socks rock. They make our legs feel refreshed and energized, almost like they’re getting a mini-massage. How do they do it? By increasing the blood flow from our legs to our heart and raising our blood oxygen level.

But compression socks do more than just make our legs feel great. They minimize leg pain and cramping and reduce swelling in our ankles and feet. Wearing compression socks can also help keep our legs healthy, by delaying the onset of varicose and spider veins. Most importantly, they can help prevent a DVT (deep vein thrombosis)— a life-threatening blood clot that can show up in our legs.

Elite and amateur athletes wear compression socks to increase their athletic performance, speed up muscle recovery and alleviate the lactic acid build up that occurs post workout. It’s that lactic acid that can make your legs feel tired and achy.

But it’s not just athletes who benefit!

  • Seasoned travelers wear compression socks to alleviate leg cramps and swollen feet and to minimize their risk of developing a DVT on a long flight.
  • Many healthcare workers understand the benefits of compression from their medical school education and from working with patients. They wear compression socks as part of their medical uniform, for their grueling 10-12 hour shifts.

Compression socks are no longer the ugly beige medical ‘grandma’ socks of years gone by. They’re part of an athlete’s arsenal of gear, a traveler’s must-have for long flights and a healthcare worker’s standard uniform. 

Lily Trotters have transformed what was once a utilitarian garment into a fashion statement— compression socks that can be worn on a run, a flight or a long shift, to give expectant mom’s relief or just for a night out on the town.

Why not show your legs the love they deserve? Find what you need to know here, to understand the benefits of compression socks and learn why they should be part of your wardrobe. 

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