The Benefits of Compression Socks and Stockings

30 September 2015  |  John

You might have overheard someone mention compression socks at your local sports store, or heard from a family member that their doctor has recommended compression stockings to them, but what do they really do? What can they help with?

We here at Compression Stockings aim to help answer those questions. Because compression socks and compression stockings have so many applications they can help with, we’ll break it down for you.

Venous and Lymphatic Diseases

One of the main applications of compression stockings is to help boost your circulation. In doing so, they’re a great treatment for venous and lymphatic diseases such as:

  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Lymphoedema

Because they are such an effective treatment for conditions like these, doctors will often prescribe them. However, prescription compression stockings often come in undesirable colours and styles, so many people buy multiple pairs without a prescription. This provides you with a greater choice of shades and designs without compromising on the health benefits provided.

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Not all compression stockings are suitable for all conditions, and there are different levels of compression available, so it’s vital that you consult with a doctor before wearing stockings designed for venous and lymphatic diseases.


Because you’re stationary for a long period, your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on a long haul flight is far higher than it would be while you’re on the ground. One of the best things you can do to prevent this is to wear flight socks. They provide a very light compression that boosts circulation and helps prevent the blood in the leg from clotting and causing DVT to develop. In fact, the NHS recommends that people on long haul flights wear flight socks to reduce the risk of DVT.

A pharmacist can help you with the proper fitting and sizing, and it’s vital that you get the right fit – ill-fitting flight socks can actually increase the risk of DVT.


As mentioned earlier, compression stockings help to boost circulation. Because of this, special sports compression socks are favoured by many athletes. By increasing circulation they can help reduce the build-up of lactic acid in muscles, so you can keep going for longer and harder. 

Not only that, but if worn after a hard workout, compression stockings can help to reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) – the aches and pains you feel after a tough gym session or a long and hard run. 

As with anything involving compression stockings or your body, you should consult a doctor about the best way compression garments can help with improving your performance.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some compression garments, head on over to Compression Stockings and check out our full range of products.