Circulation & Compression
Circulation: Blood Flow
Sockwell Socks makes the most beautiful and comfortable compression socks in the world. So why do we need compression socks and how do they work? Compression socks improve blood circulation by improving blood flow from your feet and legs back to your heart. To fully understand this concept let’s look at the process of blood circulation start to finish.
Circulation is what your cardiovascular system does all day. The heart, blood, and blood vessels make up your circulatory system, and it is your body’s delivery system. Blood moving from the heart delivers oxygen and nutrients to your body and on the way back the blood picks up the byproducts of those processes to get rid of it.
Your bloodstream travels through rubbery tubes with tons of branches big and small. The ones that carry blood away from your heart are arteries, and the ones that carry blood back to your heart are veins. Arteries push blood at high pressure, and veins gently carry blood back to your heart.
What interrupts this the usual ebb and flow of blood in our bodies? In short, disease and abnormalities. Examples include peripheral Artery Disease, blood clots, Varicose veins, diabetes, and Raynaud’s disease are just a few examples of medical conditions resulting in poor circulation.
Symptoms of poor circulation include tingling, numbness, and throbbing or stinging pain in your limbs. Some other symptoms include numbness in your limbs, decreased cognitive ability, loss of appetite, unexplained digestive problems, frequent exhaustion, weakened immune system, tightening of the chest, slackened libido, cold extremities, skin discoloration, dark circles under the eyes, brittle hair and nails, swelling of the feet and hands, leg ulcers, and varicose veins.
Of course, this extensive list of symptoms could apply to many other medical issues, so you’ll want to see a medical professional before you make any assumptions. Aside from medication or surgery, usually the last resort, practitioners recommend making lifestyle changes in what you eat, how often you exercise, and what you wear on your feet. That’s where Sockwell Socks come into play.
Benefits of Compression
So how do Sockwell compression socks work and why do they make a difference in circulation?
Sockwell’s graduated compression socks exert the most compression at the ankle, and the level of compression gradually decreases up the leg. They are designed to strict medical and technical specifications, to provide the right level of ankle pressure and graduation of compression.
The reason the compression starts at then ankle and decreases up the sock is to ensure that blood moves in the direction of least resistance in the lower pressure veins as opposed to interfering with the flow of the higher-pressure arteries. The arteries push the blood down, and the compression around the ankle ensures that the veins have some support in carrying it back up to the heart.
Starting at the ankle and decreasing towards the knee means blood won’t reflux back into the foot or laterally into superficial veins. The graduated compression provides proper direction to the blood going back to the heart.
The socks are generally safe to use and the few complications that do occur come from improper or inappropriate use. Poorly fitting socks can cause discomfort, and If you have arterial issues, the socks can exacerbate that. Socks worn over clothing rather than directly next to the skin will not perform their graduated compression function and may even cause circulation issues.
Sockwellsocks.com offers moderate and high compression socks and calf sleeves that are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association Approval. To gain approval from the APMA the product is submitted for testing and review by a group of APMA podiatrists to ensure the product promotes foot health.
Compression socks improve blood circulation and aren’t intended only for people with preexisting circulatory issues. They’re designed for anyone who spends most their day sitting or standing. Basically- everyone. If you want to experience improved circulation, less fatigued feet, and compliment after compliment on how snazzy your socks are- Sockwell Socks are the choice for you.