Compression socks/stockings use to be reserved for those with medical conditions such as blood clots, edema (swelling), etc., but not anymore. Many are using them for comfort as well.
Why? Overall, because they allow “Fresh” oxygenated blood to your feet and legs. This improves the elimination of “Old” deoxygenated pooled blood out of your feet and legs.
How the blood flows: Fresh oxygenated blood is delivered to the tissues of your legs and feet by arteries. The blood is then returned to the heart via veins, as well as the lymphatic system. For various reasons, the blood flow back to the heart may be limited or restricted. This will cause a pooling of deoxygenated blood in the extremities.
Compression socks help squeeze the blood and fluid back up the leg. This works best if one has a graduated compression sock/stocking. The graduated compression will squeeze more at the feet and legs and squeeze less as you go up the leg. This creates a funnel effect that makes it easier for blood to flow up and harder for it to flow back down.
Why does it feel better? At the end of the day it feels good to prop your feet up. Why, because you are draining the deoxygenated trapped blood out of your feet and legs giving that “Ahh Moment.” Old deoxygenated blood has things like lactic acid buildup that can cause a tired achy feeling.
So, when you wear your compression socks, you are more likely to feel the relief of getting oxygenated blood and have minimal pooling of the bad deoxygenated blood.
Whether you have a medical condition or not, wearing graduated compression socks may not only help prevent medical conditions but they may help you feel better all day long.
Tip: It is especially beneficial to wear compression socks while flying or driving long distances.