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Why do people wear compression stockings?

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People wear compression stockings for comfort, to do better in sports, and to help prevent serious medical conditions.

Basically, they improve your blood flow. They can lessen pain and swelling in your legs. They can also lower your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a kind of blood clot, and other circulation 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 July 8, 2019

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 July 8, 2019

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