Compression Socks for Neuropathy
JUL 31,2023 | 3 Mins Read
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Certain studies have shown that compression socks can reduce the intensity of neuropathy symptoms and improve overall blood circulation. Compression socks work by providing gentle pressure on the calves, ankles, and feet. In this article, we’ll explore how compression socks can help with neuropathy and discuss the benefits of wearing them.
Neuropathy, specifically peripheral neuropathy, refers to a condition characterized by weakness, numbness, and pain resulting from nerve damage outside the brain and spinal cord. While diabetic neuropathy is primarily responsible for nerve damage in the legs and feet, it's important to note that neuropathy can be caused by factors other than diabetes.
Although approximately 60-70% of diabetics experience some form of nervous system damage, various other causes can lead to neuropathy as well. Trauma, such as from a car accident, repetitive stress, autoimmune diseases, and more, can all contribute to the development of neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is not just a discomforting condition; it can also give rise to serious complications. Diabetic foot ulcers, gangrene, and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) are some of the potential risks associated with neuropathy. Statistics also show that around 8 percent of adults over the age of 55 suffer from neuropathy, with a significantly higher prevalence among those with diabetes.
The signs and symptoms of neuropathy can vary depending on the specific type, but common ones include pain, tingling, burning sensation, numbness in hands and feet, muscle weakness, loss of reflexes, constipation or diarrhea, slowed digestion or absorption of nutrients from food, and decreased sensitivity to temperature changes. Other issues that can arise due to neuropathy include an inability to regulate body temperature, muscle coordination problems, and even impaired balance.
For individuals with mild to moderate neuropathy symptoms, a compression level of 15-20 mmHg is often sufficient. This range provides gentle pressure to promote blood flow and alleviate symptoms like pain, tingling, and numbness. The mild compression is generally well-tolerated and can be worn comfortably throughout the day.
However, in some cases, a higher compression level may be necessary. Individuals with conditions like varicose veins or venous insufficiency, which can coexist with neuropathy, might benefit from 20-30 mmHg compression socks. This firmer compression level aids in improving blood circulation, reducing edema, and preventing complications associated with these conditions.
Read this guide to learn how tight should compression socks fit.
Claire Evans worked as the content marketing manager at Koprez. Claire combined a background of writing and editing, marketing, and patient education to best serve consumers, fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and anyone who relies on the Koprez brand for helpful information.
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