Compression Socks

Kalmar Family Podiatry

Podiatry & Podiatric Surgeons located in Huntington, NY

Great circulation is a crucial part of your health. If you have problems with blood flow, it can lead to aches and swelling in your feet. The team at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, can provide compression socks for you. This is a simple solution to improve your blood flow and lessen your pain. To understand more about compression socks, call the office today or book your appointment online.

Compression Socks Q & A

What are compression socks?

Compression socks for your feet and lower legs help prevent pain in your lower extremities due to the swelling inefficient blood flow causes. Made of a stretchy material, the socks fit tighter around your ankle and loosen as they move up your leg.

You may experience the following benefits from compression socks.

  • Relief from plantar fasciitis pain
  • Relief from heel pain
  • Decreased chance of a blood clot
  • Improved circulation
  • Prevent and treat varicose and spider veins
  • Decreased leg and foot swelling
  • Reduction in tired and aching feet

Wearing compression socks provides exceptional support for your Achilles tendon and foot structure. If you believe you’d benefit from compression socks, the podiatrists at Kalmar Family Podiatry recommend you schedule a consultation.

How do compression socks work?

By providing consistent pressure along your leg, these socks mimic a natural body function. When you walk, the muscles in your legs contract and squeeze the deep veins in your legs helping to pump blood and excess fluid against gravity and towards your heart.

If you have weak muscles or veins, the blood may fall backwards towards your feet and cause uncomfortable symptoms such as swelling and pain. The way compression socks get rid of this problem is by helping your leg muscles squeeze blood back upwards.

Who benefits most from wearing compression socks?

While anyone can wear compression socks as preventative measures, there are specific groups of people who benefit from them most. These include:

  • Athletes
  • Pregnant women
  • People who stand or sit all day
  • Those who can’t leave their bed
  • People at risk for circulation problems

Another example of benefiting from compression socks is if you go on long airplane flights. You’ll be inactive, in a tight space, and likely won’t be stretching your legs, which can cause an accumulation of blood and fluid in your lower extremities. This puts you at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. The danger in this is that a blood clot breaks off of your deep veins and can potentially block blood flow in one of the arteries of your lungs. This causes a life-threatening condition called a pulmonary embolism.

Are you struggling to walk or are in pain because of lower leg or feet swelling? If so, call the compassionate and caring podiatrists at Kalmar Family Podiatry today or book your appointment online to learn more about compression socks.