Can you overuse compression socks?

Yes, you can overuse compression socks, Compression socks are a popular treatment for tired legs and swelling in your calves. Compression socks are also used as a treatment for health conditions that affects the veins or circulation in your legs. They can benefit people who work standing up, distance runners, and older adults. But compression socks can be harmful when they’re used incorrectly. Overusing compression socks and wearing them incorrectly can break your skin and start infections. Leaving the same pair of compression socks on for days is overusing it. It’s important that you talk to your healthcare provider about the length of wear time recommended for treating your symptoms.

That is why having more than one pair of compression socks is important so that you can wash the one that you’ve worn already and wear the extra pair. When you wear your compression socks during the day, you do a lot of activities that make the socks dirty and dirt is bad for your feet especially if you have serious problems like neuropathy. Dirt can help infections to grow in your feet and if you lose sensation in your feet, you may not notice that you have a wound or scar and dirt might infect it and make it worse.

A lot of studies and articles have shown that wearing compression socks while exercising, specifically running, can greatly reduce the chances of injury and muscle cramping. But that doesn’t mean that you should leave the same pair after you’ve done these activities, these kind of activities makes you sweat and usually, you do them outside for extra protection and caution, have a pair of compression socks that you’ll only use for these activities and another pair that you use for the rest of the day. Proper use and care of compression socks and stockings will increase their lifespan. Use the following tips to help you get the most out of your compression socks:

  • Washing instructions

– Daily washing is preferred, but wash at least every 2 days. Washing brings back the elasticity to the garment; this ensures you’re getting the proper compression and prevents them from rolling.

– Use standard mild detergents without any additives. Dish soap works well. Harsh chemicals can ruin the thin fibers of the compression socks

– Hand washing is best. If machine is used, it must be on gentle cycle

  • Drying instructions

– After washing, put stockings on a fluffy towel and roll gently to remove excess     water

– Loosely hang to dry or lay over vent

– Never put in the dryer, The hot environment inside the dryer can damage compression garments, which may result in the material being weakened and losing its compression properties.

  • Putting on your stockings

– Rubber gloves should be worn when putting on the socks or stockings

– When donning the socks, use the “heel pocket out” method

– Use gloves to smooth out wrinkles and to evenly distribute the compression

– For knee-highs, leave two finger widths between the knee and top of socks


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