If you have blood clot risk, stroke risk, or any medical reason that would benefit from wearing compression socks, then do so but be aware there could be side effects. Ask your doctor how to best wear them.
I know some people use compression socks to do sports and activities in – if you don’t need them, you might ask your doctor if it’s advisable – for some people it’s not.
I was prescribed to wear them (after hospital episode of blood clotting), and while walking I got a pain down my calf. I researched and found that there may be too much compression while being active. I took the socks off and in a couple hours the pain went away. They might have been too tight, been on too long, or something else. Check with your doctor for best recommendation. I realized that I have to find a balance of when and how long to wear them so not to constrict blood flow to the legs. I have been walking with only regular socks and have had no more issues.
I suggest that you talk to your doctor before you change anything up with your compression socks. Ask if 24 hours a day is necessary, or if you should sleep in them, or if you should walk or exercise in them. Ask how many hours a day are suggested. Ask about compression level – there are different levels of compression. Mine were to be 20-30mmHg. Too loose won’t help enough, but too tight might cause problems. There may also be a preference between knee high to thigh high.
For daily use, wear graduated ones which are not too tight - not medical type compression though unless your doctor suggests.
Reasons to wear them may include long travel, airplane travel (prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)), varicose veins, blood clot issues, after surgery, while training, etc. Ask the best ways to use them, and when to stop. When traveling, make sure to walk every so often (if in a car, stop somewhere and walk a bit), do ankle pumps, stretch your legs, stand up and keep them active every ½ hour or so.
Learn to put them on – gather it all down at the bottom and pull over your toes to the heel, then keep letting it loose as you pull up. I could not put them on for some weeks after surgery, but eventually I was safely able to.
Figure out a balance when wearing them and if too tight. If you get a pain in your calf or other leg muscle, the socks might be too tight, or on too long, or something else altogether. If you get a pain, take the socks off – the pain might go away in a few hours. Ask your doctor. I was told I need to wear compression socks every flight I am on and in high altitudes as having had blood clots I may be more susceptible to having it happen again. I also need to drink a lot of water in those situations.Always defer to your doctor to know what you should do. P.R.