Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic, annoying leg pain? You're not alone.
I used to be in the same boat.
If you are like me, you might work on your feet all day. And, like me, the second you get home you put your feet up in an effort to ease the pain, swelling, or restlessness you feel in your legs and feet as a result of a hard day’s work.
I’m a nurse and as I mentioned before I spend my 10+ hour shifts on my feet, up and down the halls of a cardiac ward. I walk 10+ miles a day at work every single day. Eventually, the pain and swelling in my legs started to become constant. I was taking more frequent breaks to sit down at work and found myself becoming more and more sedentary at home as well. Not only that, but I was starting to notice a couple of varicose veins forming on the backs of my legs - something I’ve never experienced before in my 32 years. As a nurse, I already take my footwear very seriously, so I knew that couldn’t be the culprit. Luckily, I work in a hospital, so I decided to approach one of our doctors about my issue.
I honestly expected the problem to be something dire, but the doctor’s answer could not have been more simple. “It sounds like you’ve got a circulation issue,” she said. “I would try wearing compression socks during your shift.” That was it. No prescription needed. “You might want to talk to Sarah,” she added on her way out of the cafeteria.
Now, as a nurse, I was familiar with compression socks and how they help people with diabetes and other serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots. I hadn’t even considered something so simple could help me so much. Graduated compression-wear helps circulation by working with blood vessels to assist blood flowing upwards, against gravity, and toward a person’s heart. I realized now that the reason my legs felt so heavy, why they ached so much was simply because of poor circulation, just as the doctor said.
I spoke with Sarah, another nurse in our hospital, and apparently, about a year ago, she had experienced very similar issues to what I was going through. She told me she found a super fun company called PRO Compression that started by making socks for endurance athletes and how they also work wonders for people that work on their feet all day or have other ailments.
Sarah had SO many PRO Compression socks; she was a member of a Sock of the Month Club and even part of their Facebook Fan Club. She told me how wearing the compression socks during her shift made a drastic difference in the swelling and aching she was experiencing.
I took a look at PRO Compression’s Instagram and saw so many photos of all kinds of athletes, and a ton of nurses too, sporting their socks, all with different patterns. I eventually ended up on PRO Compression’s website and saw that they have TONS of different colors and designs, which is so much nicer than the drab, medical-looking socks I was used to seeing on elderly patients.
While the recommendation from the doctor and the evidence of the benefits of graduated compression technology should have been the deciding factor, it was actually a pair of what looked like unicorn-themed socks that made me buy my first pair. They were just so cute and I wanted them.
What made me buy eight additional pairs was the fact that they made my life so much better. After wearing my new socks during a few shifts, I noticed significantly less swelling and almost no pain or restlessness after my shifts. Now, most of the nurses on our ward wear PRO Compression socks, and we might even be known to coordinate patterns on occasion.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is simple; if you work hard on your feet all day, whether you are a nurse, a bartender, or a flight attendant, it’s probably a good idea to be proactive about your health and get some compression socks. Based on my experience with their product, customer service, and the community behind PRO Compression, you’d be a fool not to give them a shot.