What are Compression Socks?
Compression socks improve blood flow in your legs by squeezing your legs, and consequently constricting your veins. Constricting your veins allows for increased blood and lymph flow, which reduces and prevents a variety of conditions.
This table illustrates the benefits of compression socks. For purposes of this article, we will only focus on light, mild, and moderate compression:
Ruby’s socks have 15-20 mmHg of uniform compression, which means the compression is the same throughout the sock. They are circular knit, which means there are no irritating seams to bug you while you wear them.
They are perfect to wear when you’re on your feet all day (hello long shifts), during pregnancy to prevent ankles from swelling, while you travel, or when you exercise.
Because they have lighter compression than a lot of our competitors, our socks are easier to put on and take off. They are also more comfortable, considering discomfort increases as the measurement of compression increases.
In addition to all these benefits, Ruby’s stockings have a reinforced heel and toe to make them even more comfortable. There is also silver woven throughout the fabric that kills bacteria and odor.
Even though Ruby’s socks are amazing, there are some instances when they (or other compression socks) SHOULD NOT be worn:
--Any instance of suspected or proven Peripheral Artery Disease
--History of peripheral arterial bypass grafting
--Sensory impairment in your legs, including severe peripheral neuropathy
--Any time there is massive leg or pulmonary edema as a result of Congestive Heart Failure
--Any skin or soft tissue conditions on your legs that the compression could exacerbate
--Extreme deformity in your legs, preventing the sock to fit correctly
--If you are allergic to anything the socks are made out of (in Ruby’s case: nylon, spandex, or silver-ion antimicrobial technology)
To ensure that the compression of your socks stays in the range it was designed to, please be sure to replace your socks every 3-6 months. If compression isn’t an issue for you, no need to replace them! They will continue to be stylish for as long as you keep them in your wardrobe.