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Can Compression Socks Help with Edema?

Patients with edema often look for ways that they can relieve their symptoms at home. Compression socks are often recommended to those suffering from edema. But just how much do they help? We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.

Edema is the technical name for the abnormal fluid buildup that occurs in certain types of tissue in our bodies. It presents itself as swelling beneath the skin, often accompanied by shininess and tightness. Areas affected by edema often retain an indent when pressed gently with a finger for a few seconds.

So, can compression socks really help with edema? 

Because compression socks work by applying even amounts of pressure to your entire foot, it helps realign your vessels. This makes it easier for fluid to flow the way it’s intended to. They support your legs and help promote proper blood circulation as well.

Most experts recommend wearing compression socks to help deal with the aches and pains associated with edema. When worn throughout the day they can help reduce swelling. The support provided also helps decrease the pressure in your veins.

Compression socks are generally not recommended for overnight use. Your doctor will be able to help you identify the risks and benefits of wearing compression socks to help with edema.

Some experts recommend wearing compression socks even after edema has already been treated as a preventative measure. A quality pair of compression socks should last you several months before needing to be replaced. This means that it may be a good idea to continue to wear your last pair even after your edema has been treated!

Compression socks can help with edema!

While compression socks alone can’t cure your edema, they can be a useful tool to help manage your pain and other symptoms from the comfort of your own home. Many compression socks these days are designed to blend in seamlessly with a variety of shoe and pant styles. Not only will you be taking care of your edema, you’ll be stylish and protecting the area all at once!



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