We all know that nurses spend a great deal of time on their feet which can translate into swollen legs and painful varicose veins. Running from patient to patient, with no time to sit during those busy shifts can be really hard on those tired legs. The great news is that there is something you can do to avoid these uncomfortable symptoms altogether! What is the magical answer? Compression socks.
Here are five ways compression socks can help prevent these issues and why you, as a nurse, should become a compression sock wearer.
1. Increases Healthy Blood Circulation: Compression socks work by using strong elastic and placing pressure on your ankles, legs and feet to increase blood flow, allowing more blood to return to the heart and not pool at the feet.
2. Reduces Swelling: Compression socks have been proven to reduce swelling in the legs, as they improve circulation of blood flow and oxygen.
3. Reduces Varicose Veins: Varicose veins can be caused by standing on your feet for extending periods of time, causing blood to pool and enlarge your veins in your lower extremities. Blue inflamed veins aren’t a pretty sight and can be achingly painful.
4. Helps with muscle soreness and inflammation.
5. Can be Bright and Fun: Add a bit of pizazz to your uniform! Even if you work in a strictly color coded facility you can still jazz up your uniform (and mood) with colorful socks. Compression socks come in every color of the rainbow with lots of funky prints and fabulous designs so your socks can always match your mood. Available in knee highs, pantyhose, ankle socks and more, you are sure to find the perfect pair.
So, go ahead and give compression socks a try – your feet will thank you!