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Compression Therapy Works

Compression Therapy and clothing really started to emerge in the 1980’s. The technology and the creation behind the compression stocking is pretty much the same technology and innovation that is found in most of today’s compression gear. The reason for the creation of compression clothes and therapy was to help promote blood flow back to the heart. Sometimes blood flow can become restricted and get stuck in the legs. This can cause blood clots and Chronic Venous Insufficiency or CVI.

Compression Socks and Stockings

There are a lot of compression clothing companies out there that offer compression socks and stockings. It is important to buy from a reputable source to ensure that the compression you are wearing is healthy and safe. There are advantages to wearing compression socks and there are advantages to wearing compression stockings. Compression socks can be good for diabetes, plantar fasciitis, and overall foot health. At OrthoSleeve, we have socks that cover those areas. The  WC4 Wellness Performance Sock is a great option for diabetes as it helps support and protect the feet. The FS4 Plantar Fasciitis Sock helps maintain and heal Plantar Fasciitis pain by compressing the heel and the arch of the foot. This compression helps alleviate the pain and keep the foot stabilized.

How Often Can You Use Compression Wear?

Compression gear, if designed correctly, can be safely worn all day. It is especially helpful if worn during workouts or other daily activities. The compression gear will keep your muscles warm and help avoid the lactic acid build-up after the workout. In some cases, wearing compression at night can help with Plantar fasciitis pain. In severe Plantar Fasciitis cases, pain can be relentless at night and make it hard to sleep. The DS6 Decompression Foot Sleeve provides compression and comfort as you sleep. A lot of Plantar Fasciitis sleepwear can be extremely restrictive and uncomfortable. The DS6 allows you have a free range of motion so that you can still get the sleep that you need.

Desk Work

Do you have a desk job that requires you to sit most of the day? A recent survey of 1,000 workers showed that 86% of them sat all day at work. Imagine if that survey was expanded to 100,000 people, what would the percentage like look then? The bottom line is that desk jobs aren’t going away, and neither are the negative health problems associated with them unless you do something about it. Research has shown that if you get up once every 30 mins, your chances of health issues tremendously decrease. Once that 30 min mark hits make sure to stretch and walk around a little bit to get the blood flowing again. Setting a reminder on your computer or your smartphone can help ensure that you stay on top of your breaks.

Taking a break not only helps your physical health but can also benefit your mental health. Taking a break every 30 mins allows your mind and body to refresh. This will make your work much more efficient throughout the day. Is there anything that can help while you are sitting? The answer to this question is compression. Compression socks and stockings are a great way to keep your blood flow moving properly while you are stationary. Compression combined with routine breaks should provide much better health outcomes.

Warnings of Compression Socks

Compression gear is great, and it defiantly helps your body, but it is not meant for everyone. In some cases, compression gear can make an existing condition worse, or even fatal. You should avoid the use of compression gear if you have edema, any existing health problems with the foot, past blood clots, and in some cases diabetes. If you have any concerns about whether or not you should wear compression clothing because of an existing condition, be sure to ask a doctor.


Compression Therapy and clothing have proven to be successful in decreasing recovery times, supporting proper blood flow, and making your body feel better. There are benefits to wearing compression stockings and compression socks. You can wear both at the same time or wear just one of the two. This decision depends on the condition that you are looking to address. There are no limitations to how long you can wear compression wear, but if you have a current health condition you should refer to your doctor.