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What do compression stockings do?

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The pressure these stockings put on your legs helps your blood vessels work better. The arteries that take oxygen-rich blood to your muscles can relax, so blood flows freely. The veins get a boost pushing blood back to your heart.

Compression stockings can keep your legs from getting tired and achy. They can also ease swelling in your feet and ankles as well as help prevent and treat spider and varicose veins. They may even stop you from feeling light-headed or dizzy when you stand up.

Because the blood keeps moving, it's harder for it to pool in your veins and make a clot. If one forms and breaks free, it can travel with your blood and get stuck somewhere dangerous, like your lungs. Clots also make it harder for blood to flow around them, and that can cause swelling, discolored skin, and other problems.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein."

Johns Hopkins University: "Varicose Vein Treatment."

NIH , spring 2011. MedlinePlus

Examiner: "Do compression socks work? New study suggests not for running."

Laymon, A. Indiana University, 2010.

Competitor: "How Compression Apparel Works," "Do Compression Socks Really Work?"

Absolute Medical: "Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 19, 2017

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SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention."

CDC: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein."

Johns Hopkins University: "Varicose Vein Treatment."

NIH , spring 2011. MedlinePlus

Examiner: "Do compression socks work? New study suggests not for running."

Laymon, A. Indiana University, 2010.

Competitor: "How Compression Apparel Works," "Do Compression Socks Really Work?"

Absolute Medical: "Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 19, 2017

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