Medical socks have been used in hospitals and surgical centers for decades, but recently have evolved into something worn routinely, sometimes even daily, outside of the hospital setting.
During surgical procedures, patients are at an increased risk to develop a blood clot, which can be fatal. Therefore, compression stockings are placed on their legs to promote an increased circulation and reduce this risk. The knee high stockings work by applying slight pressure on the calves which keeps the blood flowing.
Outside of the hospital, this same idea of using medical socks can be applied on a daily basis to patients who have blood pressure or circulation issues. Some patients are recommended to wear the therapeutic socks daily, while others only need them in certain situations. For example, deep vein thrombosis is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms and partially or fully blocks blood vessels. The most common cause of deep vein thrombosis is sitting for long periods of time, which is when blood clots are most likely to occur. Therefore, patients who are going to be sitting for long periods of time, as on an airplane flight, might be recommended to wear medical socks by their physician. In fact, deep vein thrombosis has become so commonly linked to air travel, it has been nicknamed “economy class syndrome.”
Diabetics traditionally have ongoing problems with circulation in their feet, which has prompted the development of ankle length diabetic socks which apply the same principle of prompting an increased blood flow through a non-binding top.
In addition to helping reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis, medical socks are also useful in the treatment of tired, achy legs, swelling, leg cramps, varicose veins, and edema.
Renfro Socks has become a worldwide leader in the sock industry since they were founded in 1921. They are committed to providing only the highest quality of medical socks to their customers. On their website, www.renfrosocks.com, customers will find Dr. Scholl’s Therapeutic Compression Socks, which come in black, white, beige or navy for men. For women, they come in black, beige, and navy and are available in “sheer” in each of those colors as well, making it easy for them to be worn on a daily basis. Dr. Scholl’s also makes a post-surgical open-toe compression sock. All of the compression socks are available in a range of sizes, and it is important to get the right fit in order for the socks to get the desired results.
Renfro Socks’ easy to navigate website allows the customer to shop in the comfort of their home from their extensive online catalog of socks. In addition to medical socks, they also carry a large selection of every day socks, fashion socks, dress socks, and athletic socks.