One of the products that is often recommended by doctors in Cameroon as a solution to edema (swollen leg) is a pair of compression socks.
If you are as curious as me, you must have wondered what a normal socks has got to do with a swollen leg and pain alleviation.
And the price of the socks makes it seems like you are getting exploited as you must have also wondered why a pair of socks can cost more than 15000frs.
Contrary to your belief, compression socks are different from the normal socks that we often buy from the market.
Compression socks (also known as compression stockings, diabetic socks etc) are specially made, snug-fitting, stretchy socks that gently squeeze your leg to boost your blood circulation and relieve leg pain, swelling, and fatigue.
According to the physicians, low blood circulation is the reason why leg pain and swelling may persist for a long time hence a compression socks have been designed to boost circulation of blood on the leg and treat/prevent the aforementioned condition.
Aside Edema, Compression socks are also recommended for people who often feel pain on the leg especially after trekking a long distance. This pain is caused by low oxygenated blood flow to the legs. To relieve yourself from this condition, you need to wear a pair of compression socks to boost blood circulation and you won’t experience this issue hence its advisable to wear a pair of compression socks when going out for a trekking exercise or jogging.
In the US and the European countries, its common to see people walking in the streets wearing socks and slides. What they are putting on is compression socks (not the ordinary socks).
Some athletes, including runners, basketball players, and triathletes, have also been noted for wearing compression socks and sleeves on their legs and arms. The reason behind this is that, during activity, better blood flow will help get oxygen to their muscles, and the support will help prevent tissue damage. And afterward, the beefed-up blood and lymph circulation will help their muscles recover quickly. They won’t be as sore, and they won’t cramp as much.
Compression socks are also recommended for people who often experience numbness in their legs especially after sitting in one position for long without moving their legs (for example the office workers).
If you haven’t experienced this numbness in the feet, you must have heard a friend complain about a tingling feeling in the legs and feet. Some Cameroonians will say “my leg don die” as they could be seen limping for a minute till the tingling sensation (numbness) is gone.
If you have travelled for a long distance in a bus where passengers are parked like sardines and you are unable to move your leg for hours, then you must have experienced this numbness.
The reason you get this numbness in the feet is due to low blood circulation (blood clot on the legs) hence its advisable to wear a pair of compression socks every time you wish to travel long distance in a bus to prevent this issue.
Compression socks are a must have for the Okada men, Cyclist, Taxi drivers and Cameroonians involve with inter city transportation. Compression stockings can keep their legs from getting tired, numb and achy. They may even stop you from feeling light-headed or dizzy when you stand up.
Security guards and other category of people doing jobs which requires them to stand for hours, also need a pair of compression socks to avoid leg pain or fatigue.
In my case, i do walking and sitting at the computer five days a week and my legs and ankles often swell up so often wear compression stockings.
Wondering how these compression socks works so well???
As the name suggest, compression socks apply a slight compression on your leg.
The pressure these compression socks put on your legs helps your blood vessels work better.
When wearing a pair of compression socks, the arteries that take oxygen-rich blood to your muscles can relax, so blood flows freely. And the veins also get a boost pushing blood back to your heart.
And they don’t make you hot and sweaty.
Summarily these are the category of Cameroonians who need compression socks…
*** People with edema whereby swelling just doesn’t stop, even after all the elevation, therapy and exercises.
*** People with or at risk for circulation problems, like DVT, varicose veins, or diabetic patients.
*** Diabetic people battling with leg wound
*** People who’ve just gotten surgery
*** Good for people with leg pain or Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
*** Those who can’t leave their bed or have a hard time moving their legs.
*** People suffering from neuropathy and inflammation. Compression socks will alleviate the pain and inflammation.
*** People who stand all day at work.
*** People with hamstring need compression socks to prevent the fluid from the injury accumulating in the lower leg.
*** People who often experience numbness in the feet (blood clots in the legs).
*** Pregnant women with swollen leg
*** People who work retail fulltime and are constantly running around for 8+ hours at a time.
*** People who spend long stretches of time on airplanes, like pilots.
*** You can also wear a pair of compression socks if you want to board a long haul flight to prevent your ankles & feet from swelling up making your legs feel uncomfortable. Put them on before heading to the airport
*** Compression socks are good for people doing standing jobs…If you’re on your feet a lot, I highly recommend these.
Basically, compression socks 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.
How to Wear Compression Socks
First of all, the biggest reason people don’t like wearing compression socks is because most of them (especially the medical grade compression socks) are difficult to get on especially if one is being assisted during recovery from surgery.
Some prescription grade (like the 30-40 mmhg compression stockings) are so difficult to get on that you you may spend 10 minutes per leg and then once you succeed to put them on, they are so tight that you can barely move.
In fact there have been a few times that the prescription grade compression socks that i personally bought (30-40 compression socks) from the pharmacies in Cameroon, have hurt my leg so badly that I have considered cutting them off, instead of trying to pull them off my legs.
Some compression socks can pinch/squish your diabetic toes and even cause wounds on already sensitive feet.
However, it’s worth the struggle to have reduced swelling and better circulation in lower legs hence the benefits out weigh the struggle.
Unlike other compression socks in the pharmacies, our 20-30 mmhg compression socks are very easy to wear with a lighter compression that will let you forget you have them on.
The socks are made from quality material and provides a fairly tight compression, which after a minute or two feel good.
The compression is consistent in the flow so there are not areas where there is not enough support or other areas where the compression is not at the proper place.
Our compression socks are really soft and they last a long time. Unlike others, that after wearing them for a short time they lose their elasticity or get torn. Others lost strength after washing a couple of times.
Another thing you will like about our compression socks is that the weight is slightly heavier than the ones you will get from most drugstore in Cameroon.
So how do you wear compression socks???
To easily wear our compression socks, simply smooth out the stockings so they lie flat against your skin. Roll them up, start from the toes, and go up to the ankle. Then pull it up the calf. Avoid bunching.
Make sure they aren’t too long. Don’t fold or roll the tops down, because that can make them too tight and could cause blood flow problems or cut off your circulation like a tourniquet.
It is a trick learning to get them on the first time, but gets easier with practice.
One question i often get asked is, how long should i wear a compression socks???
If your doctor told you to wear them, you’ll probably want to keep them on most of the time. But you can take them off to shower or bathe. You can wear socks, slippers, and shoes over compression stockings.
You can also check with your doctor about how often and how long you need to use them (if you haven’t done so).
How to choose the best compression socks for you
Before you can start searching for a compression socks in Cameroon, its very important that you first of all determine your shoe size to ensure that you get a compression socks that will suit your feet without it feeling too tight and instead cause blood flow problems or cut off your circulation.
Compression socks should feel snug, but not painfully tight.
Compression socks come in 4 sizes which include small, medium, large and xtra large.
When we get your shoe size, we would be able to know which size would be good for you.
The correctly sized socks actually are easier to put on and take off for.
When shopping for a compression socks, you should also bear in mind that compression socks have different levels of pressure, measured in mmHg.
The medical grade compression socks recommended by doctors (surgeon) often have 20-30 mmHg compression and can greatly help manage swelling uniformly.
So when searching for a compression, that’s what you should ask for to ensure that you get the best compression socks that will suit your need.
And if you are not buying a compression socks to reduce swelling in your lower leg (edema), its not advisable to buy the extra firm (30-40 mmHg) compression socks. Mild compression socks (20-30mmhg), with lower numbers, is usually enough to keep you comfortable on your feet at work.
How to wash compression socks
You can wash your compression socks the same way you wash the common socks but do not use a brush on them. Brushing them will cause the compression socks to lose their elasticity.
You can also wash them in the washing machine with cool water and hang them to air dry.
Why you should buy your compression socks from us
✅ Our socks are very comfortable, lightweight, breathable and durable so that you can wear them all day! The reinforced/cushioned heel and toe support provide unmatched comfort. Even after washing several times, the compression will still be strong.
✅ Decrease Swelling and Fatigue: Our graduated compression socks provide the ideal compression to improve blood flow to relieve swelling and fatigue in your feet and legs. They’re nice & tight so that you get great compression for the best treatment of blood flow issues in your legs.
Great for any activity!
✅ Customer Recommended: Our socks are highly recommended by repeat customers who come back to buy another pair after trying them. We offer several different colors, too!
✅ Perfect Fit: We offer four sizes so that our socks can perfectly fit your feet/calves. Refer to our size chart (above) to determine the best size for you.
Buy a pair and I guarantee you will want to wear them all day and will buy a set for every day of the week!
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