In the simplest of terms, compression socks are defined as “a specialized hosiery designed to help prevent the occurrence of, and guard against further progression of, venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis.” They differ from conventional socks and stockings in the way in which they are primarily elastic garments, which rather than simply fitting close to the skin actually put measured and sometimes relatively strong pressure on the limbs where they are worn. The limb is effectively compressed by the sock or stocking, hence the name.
It’s a common misconception to assume that pressure socks and stockings only exist to fit the lower limbs of the body. In reality, there are also various compression products available designed specifically for the arms. The appropriateness of the products chosen will of course be determined in accordance with the medical requirements of the individual in question.
In all instances however, the key principle that underlines all compression socks, stockings and other such garments is compression therapy. While the effectiveness of compression therapy in the treatment of certain conditions is disputed, it is nonetheless one of the most effective and proven therapies of all in the treatment of countless chronic conditions.
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