Compression Socks or Stockings

What are compression socks?

Compression socks are stretchable socks/stockings that apply gentle higher pressure from the foot to a lower pressure at the calf to promote blood flow and decrease swelling. Compression socks come in various pressure measured in units of mm Hg from light 8-15 mm Hg, mild 15-20 mm Hg, moderate 20-30 mm Hg, and firm 30-40 mm Hg.

What conditions do compression socks treat?

Leg swelling (edema), Venous insufficiency, Varicose Veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots), Lymphedema, Phlebitis, shin splints, and improved muscle recovery. Numerous studies have shown compression socks to help improve muscle recovery after running compared to no compression. This is done by increasing oxygenated blood delivery to the muscles, which in returns helps increase the filtration of lactic acid from muscles.

When to wear compression socks?

Compression socks are to be worn during the day and be taken off during bedtime. Compression socks can be worn during long road trips and plane rides to help decrease swelling and decrease risk of developing blood clots.

What compression socks do I recommend?

There are many different brands of compression socks on the market, but I recommend NextGen Active Compression socks that can be found on or

If you have foot or ankle pain and would like a consultation. Make an appointment at Orange County Podiatry with Dr. Andrew Yang or call (949) 651-1202