Why should I wear compression socks?
Compression makes our legs feel refreshed and energized by increasing
the blood flow from our legs to our heart and raising our blood oxygen
But compression socks do more than just make our legs feel great.
They minimize leg pain and cramping and reduce swelling in our ankles
and feet. Wearing compression socks can also help keep our legs healthy,
by delaying the onset of varicose and spider veins. Most importantly,
they can help prevent a DVT (deep vein thrombosis)— a life-threatening
blood clot that can show up in our legs.
When should I wear compression socks?
You can wear compression socks for support in many aspects of your
life. Elite and amateur athletes wear compression socks to increase
their athletic performance, speed up muscle recovery and alleviate the
lactic acid buildup that occurs post workout. Seasoned travelers wear
compression socks to alleviate leg cramps and swollen feet and to
minimize their risk of developing a DVT on a long flight. Many
healthcare workers or anyone who sits or stands for long periods of time
can wear compression socks for leg support and to keep fluid from
pooling in the ankles and feet. Pregnant women wear compression to help
their circulation, which is compromised for many reasons – including
hormonal changes, thickened blood and the weight that babies put on
veins. Compression socks are no longer the ugly beige medical ‘grandma’
socks of years gone by. They’re now part of an athlete’s arsenal of
gear, a traveler’s must-have for long flights and the healthcare
worker’s standard uniform.
How does compression work?
Graduated compression begins with a slight squeeze or pressure at the
foot. The tightest compression is at the ankle, followed by a
decreased, incremental and carefully measured squeeze moving up the leg.
This squeeze, or compression, ensures blood flows toward our heart
instead of down toward our foot— or even laterally into superficial
veins. This upward movement keeps blood from pooling in our ankles,
returning it to our heart and lungs more efficiently than without
Compression reduces the diameter of major veins, which increases the
velocity and volume of blood flow. The overall pressure we feel as a
result of the compression is affected by many factors, including the
elasticity and stiffness of the compression material, the size and shape
of our legs and our movements and activities. As a result, we
experience increased blood oxygen levels, which can enhance athletic
performance, speed up muscle recovery and simply leave our legs feeling
refreshed and energized.3
How is compression measured?
Compression strength is described as a range. Each range is described
in the chart below. The higher number represents the pressure at the
ankle and the lower number represents the pressure at the top of the
sock. This unit of pressure is referred to as mm/Hg (millimeters of
|Category of Compression
||Typically requires a doctor’s prescription
||Always requires a doctor’s prescription and management
||Absolutely requires a doctor’s prescription and management
What compression strength are Lily Trotters?
Lily Trotters are 15-20 mmHg— the IDEAL STRENGTH for athletic performance, recovery, travel, during pregnancy and everyday wear.
Is there a difference between high-performance (athletic) compression and medical compression socks?
Compression socks, stockings and other garments originated for
medical purposes – to improve blood circulation, add support after
injuries, treat venous insufficiencies, wear post-surgeries and manage
chronic illnesses. The idea of wearing compression for athletic
performance and recovery is relatively new. Medical compression socks
range in strength from 8-15 mmHg to 40-60 mmHg. They’re typically a thin
sock and available in mostly plain beige, white and black. Performance
compression socks deliver the same benefits as medical compression
socks, but they are gear, built marathon- strong. They are primarily
15-20 mmHg— the optimal compression strength for performance, recovery
and non-medical wear.
Why might some same-sized socks appear to have different lengths?
A lot of factors can affect the way our socks appear when relaxed and
not on our legs. Each sock we knit has a specified targeted length. In
hosiery manufacturing, hitting that exact length 100% of the time is
impossible, so there is an acceptable range for each size, and a slight
variation in length is to be expected between pairs. Temperature and
humidity in transit can also affect the appearance of relaxed socks. If
you are concerned about the size of your socks, please first try them
on, as they do stretch a lot. If you are not happy with your fit,
contact us by email, or call us at 855.ROCK.SOX (855.762.5769) and we
will replace your purchase as soon as possible. We are committed to our
100% customer satisfaction guarantee and ultimately your happiness.
If I have a medical condition, should I wear compression socks?
Compression socks are often used to minimize swelling and help with
recovery from some surgeries. They are also helpful managing many
medical conditions including Compartment Syndrome, POTS, venous issues,
diabetes and more. If you have a medical condition (especially a history
of blood clots), consult your physician before wearing compression
socks to see if they could be part of your treatment plan, and if so
which level of compression is best suited to your needs
Why isn't the sock’s entire footbed fully cushioned or reinforced?
From heel to toe, Lily Trotters are designed to be marathon strong.
Our heels are cushioned to help absorb impact during strenuous and
repetitive activity, such as running. Our reinforced toes are built to
help keep toes from popping through the socks.
What does mmHG mean?
mmHg stand for millimeters of mercury which is how the strength of compression is measured.
What level compression does Lily Trotters use?
Lily Trotters uses 15-20 mmHg, which is conventionally the strongest
level of compression one can technically use without a doctor’s
prescription. It is also the optimal level of compression recommended
for exercise, travel, sitting and standing for long periods of time and
for general wear.
What is graduated compression?
Lily Trotters is committed to providing quality graduated compression
– which is tightest at the ankle and incrementally and evenly less
tight as it moves up the leg. Testing compression graduation is a core
quality standard at Lily Trotters. We are committed to getting this
right and test our socks regularly as standard-practice.
Visit the Compression Benefits section of our website to better understand how Lily Trotters will help you!