What to Consider When Buying Compression Socks

What to consider when buying compression socks

Compression socks are a popular type of hosiery that are designed to improve blood flow in the legs, reduce swelling, and prevent blood clots.

They can be worn by anyone, but are particularly beneficial for people who spend long periods of time sitting or standing, those with circulation issues, and athletes.

When choosing compression socks, there are several factors to consider to ensure you get the best fit and level of compression for your needs. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Compression level: Compression socks are available in different levels of compression, ranging from mild to extra firm. The level of compression you need will depend on your individual needs and medical history. Odd Duck compression socks are usually suitable for 'everyday' use and do not have compression that is too uncomfortable, but we encourage you to speak with your doctor if you have concerns.

  2. Size: Odd Duck compression socks come in different sizes - small, medium and large - and it's important to choose the right size to ensure a proper fit. Odd Duck has a size chart based on foot and calf measurements, so be sure to take accurate measurements before purchasing.

  3. Style: Compression socks come in various styles, including knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose. The style you choose will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Odd Ducks are available in knee-high socks and are the most popular style and are suitable for most people.

  4. Material: Compression socks are made from a variety of materials, including nylon, spandex, and cotton. Nylon and spandex are the most common materials used because they provide the necessary stretch and support.

  5. Brand: There are many brands of compression socks on the market, and it's important to choose a brand that offers a premium material at an affordable price.

  6. Cost: Compression socks can vary in price depending on the brand, style, and level of compression. Some brands, like Odd Duck, have little overhead and can deliver high-quality compression socks at much more affordable prices than big-league brands with too much infrastructure.

  7. Purpose: Finally, it's important to consider the purpose for which you will be wearing your compression socks. If you need compression socks for athletic performance or recovery, you may require a different level of compression and style than someone who needs them for medical reasons.

In summary, when buying compression socks, it's important to consider the compression level, size, style, material, brand, cost, and purpose.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can choose the best compression socks for your individual needs and enjoy the benefits of improved blood flow and reduced swelling.