what do compression socks do?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The veins of the body, at least the bigger ones are known as the capacity vessels since they may store well above (60 - 70)% of the blood. A problem that develops in most elderly, and certain younger people, mostly as a result of decreased cardiovascular function is that the blood tends to accumulate in the legs because of gravity. This might cause discomfort, edema (You may easily see such conditions by the end of the day when the patients got swollen ankles), and promote thrombosis (blood clotting).

    By using compression socks, you apply an external pressure on the vessels, helping to minimize the vessel size, and thus help the circulation by preventing such blood accumulation inside the vessels.

    It is especially smart to use such socks on people sitting still for a long period of time, as during flights and bus rides.

  • 4 years ago

    Compression socks if used for running helps with the blood circulation and absorbs a lot of the impacts from hard surfaces. They are used also to help stop prevent shin splints and to relieve the pressure of the shins

  • 6 years ago

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