2 weeks ago, while I was in KL for my books haul; I stopped by Daiso at One Utama to check out whats newer than those in Penang.
Hmm compression socks for RM5?! I had to try this!
I mostly wear this at night for about 4 hours, removing them just before bedtime. The size M-L fits just nice, snug but not too tight it becomes painful.
I don't know about the increase in blood circulation or other health benefits. But what I do realize when I check myself out at the mirror ( yes I do that often... you know you do it too :P ), my calves look lean and not bloatish (if you know what I mean).
So yay! This is a winner for me :D
What are Compression Socks?
Compression socks are specialized hosiery items designed to provide extra support and increase blood circulation. The main purpose of compression socks is to provide graduated pressure on the lower leg and foot.
The key to understanding compression socks lies in their graduated pressure application. Throughout an average day, the body pumps blood to all of the extremities as equally as it can. Gravity, however, often causes blood to pool in the lower legs and feet, causing circulatory problems such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis.
At the very least, all of this blood pooling can cause fatigue and leg cramps. Elevating the legs and feet may alleviate the pain temporarily, but it often returns after a few hours of constant standing or walking.
This is where the use of compression socks can be extremely beneficial. Compression socks use stronger elastics such as rubber or spandex to create significant pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, the circulating blood is forced through narrower channels.
The arterial pressure is increased, causing more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet. Compression socks are tightest at the ankles, gradually become less constrictive towards the knees. The soles of compression socks may be heavily padded for better shock absorption.