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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why is it so tight?
The tightness of compression legwear constricts the veins and squeezes the blood that accumulates at the ankles to travel back up to the heart. Learn more here
It is made from a knitting technique using special materials to give the compression effect. There are several levels of compression, are you using the right level for your needs? Learn more here
2. Are all compression legwear so difficult to put on?
Due to the knitting technique and materials used, compression legwear is difficult to wear if you put it on like you would put on a normal sock or stocking. However, the good news is, there is a very easy way to put them on! Check out the video and instructions here
3. Why are your sports socks not as tight as XXXXX brand?
There are different levels of compression to choose from in compression legwear. Not all sports socks brands will state this. However, it is essential to be aware of what class of compression legwear you're buying to see whether it's suitable for your needs. Most people with healthy legs would wear a mild compression of 15 - 20mmHG to help enhance performance, warm up and post workout muscle recovery. Our Soul Legs range of compression sports socks are 15 - 20mmHG. Perhaps the sports socks you are currently using are a higher level of compression and that's why they feel tighter. Do they feel uncomfortable? Perhaps you should switch to a lighter compression. Wearing something that is too tight when your legs are not in need of something so tight will hinder your sports performance and muscle recovery.
When in doubt, check with the brand you have purchased from and consult your doctor.
Learn more about compression levels here
4. Why are your sports socks made from a thicker material than dress socks?
Dress socks are made from a lighter or sheer fabric in order to look more stylish and are for people who require compression to the legs but are not in need of extra cushion for the feet. Our range of sports socks offer extra cushion at pressure points to absorb vibration to reduce this impact on the muscles and they are also made with extra soft, moisture absorbent material that is anti-microbial, reduce blistering and with mesh knitting for optimal ventilation and extra flat toe seam for maximum comfort. Learn more about our sports compression socks here
5. Why are the stockings so tight at the ankle?
This is the technology of graduated compression legwear. The compression is tightest at the ankle and gradually loosens as it goes higher up the leg. When you stand, sit or walk for a prolonged period of time, blood accumulates at the ankles, your veins start to expand and blood circulation is reduced, causing you to have heavy, tired and achy legs. Over time, some people develop venous disorders. The compression is tight at the ankle to reduce vein diameter to aid in blood circulation to the heart. Learn more about how compression legwear works here
6. Should I wear below knee or pantyhose?
This depends on the location of the venous and leg problems you need to address. If your venous problems are located below the knees and this is where you're feeling most tired, then a below knee legwear is what you should wear. If your venous problems are above the knees or involve the whole leg and your whole leg in general from ankle to thigh is feeling tired and achy, then a pantyhose is what you should wear.
When in doubt, please consult your doctor.
7. What is compression legwear?
Compression legwear is a very fitting sock or stocking worn by people who want to improve blood circulation in the legs or prevent deep vein thrombosis if they are prone to getting it. It is often worn by people to maintain healthy legs, avoid the formation of venous disorders or are looking to stop their venous disorders from getting worse by relieving tired, achy and heavy legs. It is also worn by athletes to aid in muscle warm up, sports enhancement and muscle recovery.
Compression legwear comes in various levels of compression depending on your needs. It is very important that you wear the right level of compression in order to experience the full benefits and not harm your legs.
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8. How does compression legwear work?
Compression legwear is tightest at the ankle and gradually loosens as it goes up the leg. The compression is tight at the ankle to reduce vein diameter to aid in blood circulation to the heart. Learn more about how compression legwear works here
When you stand, sit or walk for a prolonged period of time, blood accumulates at the ankles and your veins start to expand and blood flow is reduced, causing you to have heavy, tired and achy legs. Over time, some people develop venous disorders.
9. Why do your stockings look like normal stockings and not thick like the compression stockings I've been using?
Our range of compression stockings are stylish! That is one of the reasons why we love them. They are designed to look like normal stockings and not like the old fashioned compression stockings that are opaque and look like something an old or sick person would wear. With our range of stylish compression stockings, you will experience the maximum benefits of compression legwear and at the same time are able to wear them out for any occasion and for the whole day. We have a style for any look - Professional, casual, smart casual, formal and so on.
10. Where are your compression legwear made in?
Soul Legs branded products are made in the USA (ISO 9001:2008).
11. When do I wear it?
You can wear them at any time of the day for work, travelling, sports, walking and for leg recovery at home.
12. Does wearing compression legwear cure varicose veins?
No, unfortunately they are not a miracle cure for varicose veins. However, they help prevent the formation of varicose veins and if you already have them, they help to prevent them from getting worse. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, please consult your doctor on the level of compression you need. Learn more about compression levels here
13. How long are you suppose to wear compression socks?
You can wear compression legwear all throughout the day, as long as you require better blood circulation in the legs to prevent tired, achy and heavy legs while standing, sitting, walking or travelling. For the sports range, you can wear them before your workout to warm up your muscles, during workout to enhance performance and post workout for muscle recovery. Learn about our sports compression socks here
14. Who wears this?
If your profession or lifestyle involves you standing, sitting, walking or travelling for a long period of time, compression legwear will be beneficial to you if you experience tired, achy and heavy legs. If you want to prevent the formation of varicose veins or prevent your varicose veins from getting worse, if you are pregnant or have the tendency to develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) then we would recommend for you to wear compression socks. As for the level of compression legwear you should wear, please consult your doctor. Learn more about the levels of compression here
Athletes or people who practice sports for leisure wear compression legwear prior to the activity to warm up muscles, during the activity to enhance sports performance and post activity to help muscle recovery. Sports compression socks are specially designed to ensure better blood circulation, maximum muscle recovery, moisture absorption and enhanced comfort. Learn more about our sports compression socks here
15. Best compression socks for running?
Our sports compression socks are made with the latest weaving technology to ensure extra cushioning at pressure points, superior sweat wicking and lightweight breathable material. They are the latest in compression technology to aid blood circulation, lactic acid removal to help your legs perform better and recover faster.
16. When to wear compression socks?
Compression socks are best worn when you want to relieve or prevent leg swelling and aches. If you have a medical condition that requires enhanced blood flow, compression socks aid in blood circulation and prevent the formation of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Some people wear them to sleep to prevent the formation of varicose veins. They come in useful to keep your legs stay youthful and prevent varicose veins if you are sitting or standing for long periods of time. Wear them during pregnancy to help with leg swelling, aches and prevention of varicose veins.
17. Compression socks good or bad?
Compression socks are a tried and tested way, and often recommended by medical practitioners to aid blood circulation, prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and to relieve leg swelling. Be sure to choose the correct compression level that suits your needs! Wear a mild compression if you don't have a medical condition. If you have a medical condition, consult your doctor.
18. Benefits of compression socks for nurses?
Nurses tend to stand, walk and sit for extended periods of time. Over time, varicose veins form and legs swell. Wearing compression stockings and socks is recommended for nurses to help keep legs youthful and prevent varicose veins. They are useful to enhance blood circulation and reduce leg swelling and aches.
19. Wearing compression stockings to bed?
Wear compression socks or stockings to sleep to aid in blood circulation, prevent DVT and prevent varicose veins.
20. Can wearing compression socks be harmful?
If you have a medical condition, it can be harmful to wear the wrong compression strength. We advise you to consult your doctor. If you don't have a medical condition, wearing something mild as wearing something too strong won't be suitable for healthy legs.
21. Why wear compression socks on long flights?
Wearing compression socks can help you travel more comfortably especially when it comes to reducing leg swelling and preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Find out more about why legs swell on flights here
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