Socks can do more than keep your feet warm and dry — specialized socks can improve and prevent many health conditions. Compression socks – or compression stockings – are specialized socks that apply gentle pressure to your legs and ankles. They can help improve blood flow from your legs to your heart. Compression stockings and hosiery are accessories that are worn over the feet and legs. Although the hosiery looks like ordinary socks or stockings, these garments are designed to fit extra tightly. The special material from which they are made allows the hosiery to exert pressure on the legs and feet. This pressure causes the blood vessels to widen. When the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the legs are wider, blood can more easily circulate to the extremities. This can alleviate feelings of aching and heaviness and help to reduce swelling of the lower extremities. “Compression socks have also been shown to help decrease swelling and pain in the legs and ankles,” explains Sathish Mohan, M.D., a vascular specialist with Riverside Medical Group. “By applying pressure to the legs, they reduce the extra fluid in the legs, reduce inflammation, and ultimately improve blood flow through the veins to the heart. We use lab-tested True Graduated Compression in our socks. Clinical research has shown that graduated compression increases circulation preventing swelling, soreness, and inflammation of the legs and feet. Get all the benefits of compression socks today!