When you’re a professional driver, spending the day seated isn’t a choice; it’s part of the job. But you can fight the daily discomforts and long-term health risks of extended sitting by slipping into a pair of compression socks each morning. Compression socks promote circulation and reduce swelling, which means less pain and fatigue during the workday.
In this article, we’ll tell you how PRO Compression socks can benefit truck drivers, long-haul truck drivers, delivery drivers (such as Amazon drivers and UPS drivers), rideshare drivers, and anyone who spends a long time sitting or in sedentary positions. We’ll offer some of our top picks in compression socks for all-day use and recovery, and show you how to pick the right pair.
Foot and Leg Risks for Truck Drivers & Delivery Drivers
Any seasoned trucker will tell you the job’s not all about sitting. Your duties often include getting in and out of the cab several times a day, hauling heavy cargo, and the repetitive strain of pressing on a stiff clutch or gas pedal. Many drivers face issues like:
- Driver’s Foot
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Truckers Leg Syndrome
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Leg fatigue, heaviness, or a “pins and needles” feeling
A lack of movement on a regular basis can also lead to serious long-term health risks. People who sit for long periods, including those who travel often, are at a higher risk of blood clots, particularly deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be a life-threatening condition.¹
How Compression Socks for Truck Drivers Can Help
Whether it’s in a driver's seat or behind a desk, compression socks are excellent for people who sit all day because they promote blood flow in the lower limbs by providing gentle pressure to the feet, ankles, and calves. This light squeeze helps push blood in a round trip to your heart and back again. Coincidentally, this same process makes them excellent for people who stand all day, too.
The boost in blood flow has boundless benefits for your body. When worn regularly, compression socks can:
- Prevent blood pooling and reduce swelling²
- Alleviate muscle aches, cramps, and stiffness
- Treat foot conditions
- Mitigate truck vibrations
- Fight fatigue to make you feel fresher and lighter
- Prevent blood clots and DVT³
- Support recovery
Since sitting is a big part of the job, these health risks can’t be avoided. But compression socks for truck drivers can help you fight back.
The Best Compression Socks for Truck Drivers: Our Top Picks
Compression socks are a low-cost, hassle-free, and prescription-free way to immediately alleviate the discomfort you feel from long days on the road. Here are our most popular choices.
Graduated compression socks apply a graduated reduction in compression level from foot to knee. This gives blood an extra boost back up to your heart. When movement isn’t possible, knee-high graduated compression socks do the job for you, keeping your blood circulating while you’re sedentary to reduce fatigue, swelling, and pain. Marathon knee-high compression socks are the gold standard and it’s no wonder why they are our best-selling socks!
Our wide-calf Marathon socks feature a generous opening that accommodates larger-sized calves while still providing the graduated pressure you need. As in our standard Marathon compression socks, these are made with our proprietary blend of poly-nylon material to wick away moisture and keep you dry while you drive. These provide all the benefits of our Marathon knee-high compression socks for those of us with larger calf sizes.
Not quite ready for full compression? Or compression dress socks are excellent for first-timers. These knee-high socks offer a softer, lighter compression rating for all-day use while still supporting critical muscles and tendons to reduce swelling and soreness. Popular with the office crowd, these provide a fashionable option at slightly lower compression.
At the end of a long day, sitting back with your feet up is essential for recovery. Supplying the maximum amount of pressure, our Marathon Recovery Compression Socks are the perfect way to speed recovery after long days of driving. But if you crave something more soothing while you kick back, check out our Fuzzy Compression Socks. These ultra-plush and buttery soft socks are like wrapping your feet in a warm hug.
How to Choose The Best Socks for Delivery Drivers, Truckers, and More
Driving’s your thing; sock shopping, not so much. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are the things you should look for when buying a new pair of compression socks.
What’s Your Size?
It’s not just you; compression socks are supposed to feel tight. But they should never feel constrictive or uncomfortable, so finding the right fit is crucial. For knee-high socks, your sock size is primarily based on your calf circumference, with your shoe size as a secondary reference. Our handy size charts make finding the right fit easy.
What’s Your Compression Level?
Since it promotes healthy circulation, graduated compression is best for professional drivers and people who sit for long periods.⁴ However, comfort level can be subjective, especially for people new to compression socks. That’s why PRO Compression offers different levels of graduated compression socks, from a light 10-15 mmHg to a high 25-35 mmHg. We recommend newcomers start with a moderate compression level found in all of our knee-high Marathon compression socks.
What’s Your Style?
Our brown PC Dress Socks are undoubtedly the best socks for UPS drivers, and black PC Dress Socks are sure to meet the FedEx uniform requirements. But you can find stylish PRO Compression socks in a variety of colors to match any outfit. Whether you like to keep it subtle with a neutral tone or bring some personality to your driving duds with bold colors and fun prints, we have dozens of styles to choose from.
Hit the Road in Compression Socks
Compression socks are the best way for truck drivers, delivery drivers, and other marathon sitters to combat the long-term effects of a sedentary lifestyle and keep you comfortable all day.
And when you’re off the clock, compression socks can treat your feet while you do the things you love most, like sports, hiking, or just lounging around the house. Browse our entire collection of premium graduated compression socks to find the perfect pair for every activity. If you need help selecting the right pair for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Support team and we’ll recommend the ideal pair for you!
- Mayo Clinic. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Retrieved May 23, 2023 from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352557#:~:text=Sitting%20for%20a%20long%20time,the%20risk%20of%20blood%20clots
- Horiuchi, M., Stoner, L. (2021, February 19). Effects of compression stockings on lower-limb venous and arterial system responses to prolonged sitting: A randomized cross-over trial. Vasc Med. Retrieved May 23, 2023 from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33606965/
- Sachdeva, A., Dalton, M., Lees, T. (2018, November 3). Graduated compression stockings for prevention of deep vein thrombosis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. Retrieved May 23, 2023 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6477662/
- Horiuchi, M., Takiguchi, C., Kirihara, Y., Horiuchi, Y. (2018, August). Impact of wearing graduated compression stocking on psychological and physiological responses during prolonged sitting. Int J Environ Res Public Health. Retrieved May 23, 2023 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6121275/