How To Care For Your Compression Socks



Compression socks are a practical, non-invasive technique that provides relief to swollen legs and feet. They are often prescribed by doctors to help mitigate the swelling associated with varicose veins, lymphoedema, deep vein thrombosis, and edema. But, for all the help they provide, compression socks sometimes need a little help of their own. 

In order to help control circulation and reduce discomfort, compression socks require special care and attention. They may look like regular socks, but these garments need proper maintenance in order to help fulfill their medical purpose. 

Here are a few quick tips to help you get the maximum benefit out of your compression socks. With these suggestions, you’ll learn how to extend their effectiveness and get more value for your money. 

Regular Rotation

When it comes to compression socks, a general rule of thumb is to own more than one pair. This way, you’ll be able to rotate between them easily without hassle—an important step to follow considering the way they are designed.

Compression socks are meant to be worn all day long. By putting them on in the morning when your feet are less likely to be swollen, compression socks can help control your circulation during your most active times. Unfortunately, extended use often results in an accumulation of dirt and sweat.



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By having more than one pair of compression socks available at one time, you’ll be able to wear one set while another set is cleaned. And, if you don’t want to wash on a daily basis, you’ll need at least five pairs of socks to last you until the weekend.

As with any good investment, your results depend upon what you put into it. Maximize the effectiveness of your compression socks, and purchase multiple pairs for consecutive use.


All Washed Up

Compression socks are designed differently from your other clothes; they are built with elastic fibres specifically designed to help control the blood circulation to your legs. Unfortunately, these elastic fibres are very fragile; they are prone to breakage if not handled correctly. 

For this reason, this means compression socks must be washed separately from other clothes. Instead of balling them up and tossing them in the hamper, be sure to separate compression socks from the rest of your laundry in order to maximize their effectiveness.

If washing by hand, fill a basin with cool water. Use a mild detergent; for example, you can use a sock detergent specially made by compression sock manufacturers. Be sure not to use chlorine bleach or a harsh detergent; these can harm the silicon bands that give your compression socks their snap. 


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After soaking the socks and rinsing them of soap, gently squeeze them to remove excess water. Conversely, you can also wrap a towel around them. However, under no circumstances should you wring your socks or use excess force; this can harm the elasticity of your socks and impair their abilities.

If using a washing machine, place your compression socks in a mesh garment bag to separate them from other clothes. This will help protect them during the wash cycle and prevent any undue stretching.

To dry, place your wet compression socks on a flat surface in a cool or warm environment. Do not use a dryer or any kind of heat source to dry them. This way, you can further prolong their usefulness.

By washing them on a daily basis, you can help your compression socks retain their elasticity. Get into the habit, and see the results!


Glove Me Tender

By this point, it’s clear to see that compression socks need special attention. You might even say that they need to be handled with kid gloves… which is not far from the truth.

Even though compression socks have a limited time frame when it comes to their effectiveness, the worst thing you can do is to encourage this process. So, in order to prevent fingernails from snagging on delicate strands, it’s a good idea to wear gloves when putting them on.

And that’s not all. Compression socks don’t react well to lotions or oils which can lead to adverse effects. To give the best treatment to your compression socks, wait until nighttime to apply lotion to your feet. 


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Final Tips

We couldn’t end without providing a few helpful hints to benefit you directly:

  • Be sure to wear compression socks that are the right size. These medical aids won’t be able to help you properly if they are sized for a body different from yours.
  • First time wearing compression socks? Try them for a few hours at first in order to help your legs get accustomed to them. When you’re comfortable, try them for longer periods until you can wear them for the whole day.
  • Do not roll them on your legs as you take them off. This can cause undue pressure on your body.

Compression socks have an average lifespan of three to six months; any longer after that, and they begin to lose their compression abilities. Be sure to follow these easy steps, and you’ll be able to enjoy the full benefits of your compression socks! 

Make the most out of this important step towards comfort and well being!

Are you looking to stock up on compression socks? Want to fill out your weekly rotation with a full line-up? Contact us and let us know what we can do to help! Also, find out more information with our Compression Socks E-Book!