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Out Fox With Socks!

 “Here’s an easy game to play. Here’s an easy thing to say….
New socks. Two socks. Whose socks? Sue’s socks.” – Fox in Socks, Dr. Seuss

Socks are a really important uniform component.

In fact, good medical compression socks are the foundation, a critical tool for success — especially on a long hot day. So start with the right kinda’ socks!

Most of the time, I am twice the age and moving twice as fast as most of the staff I’m working with on any event. Often they ask, “Man, you been drinking coke or coffee all day?” I reply with, “No, I have magical compression socks on. Compression socks are one of my secret weapons. You ought to get some.”

I always recommend to staff to wear medical compression dress socks. Compression socks are critical for defense against sore, swollen, aching feet, legs, and being worn out. Besides they give a slight edge of improved performance!

Medical compression dress socks are special made socks that increase your blood circulation.

My interest in compression socks started years ago, in my other life as a Direct Marketer; I was reviewing SKU’s from a sales campaign at Uniforms To You (UTY), at the time, the largest uniform store West of the Mississippi. UTY was then acquired by Uniform Advantage.

I noticed several Doctors purchasing large numbers of medical compression socks. I asked the store sales associates, “What’s with the multiple socks purchases?” “Are the cardiologists giving or selling the socks to patients?” No one knew.

A day later another Doctor was visiting the store and I asked, “Are you giving or selling the compression socks to patients? … Because if you are — you could get a volume discount – we’ll include gift wrapping and even deliver for you…”

He replied, “That would be nice — I just wear these.” Then continued with,” When I perform surgery, I always wear compression socks. You see when you going in to 12-14 hours of procedures standing on your feet on a hard floor — you need all the help you can get — compression socks help you by improving the circulation in your legs and feet.”

How Compression Socks Help You

The main therapeutic benefit of compression socks is providing graduated pressure on the lower leg and foot, to alleviate circulatory problems such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis.

Even if you are in good health, you will benefit from wearing compression socks.

Unlike traditional dress or athletic socks, compression socks use stronger elastic to cause more pressure on the lower legs, ankles and feet. Compression socks are tightest at the ankles, gradually applying less compression towards the knees.

By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, the circulating blood is forced through narrower circulatory channels. As a result, the arterial pressure is increased which causes more blood to return to your heart and less blood pooling and swelling in your feet. If you have worked a 14 Hour day, standing most of the time, you know the feeling.

Another benefit is improved efficiency and faster recovery by stabilising muscles and helps removing lactic acid that is collecting in muscles when you are very active.

There are two types of compression socks: Gradient and Anti-embolism. Gradient does the trick for most of us working on our feet for long periods of time.

“One can never have enough socks.” -Albus Dumbledore

Compression socks are available in a wide range of opacities, colors, styles and sizes, making it hard to tell the difference from dress socks.

You find them in light, to medium to firm compression. Most of us just need the light to medium compression. Start there as you can always increase the compression.

If you shop on-line at say, you will find a wide variety and plenty of information on the compression levels to make an informed decision.

Most medical uniform stores sell several types of compression socks also. You’ll find top of the line socks made by Under Armour, Futuro and less expensive socks at Walmart.

Get yourself some compression socks and you will immediately notice how much better you feel during a long event and at the end of the day.

BTW, since this is part of your uniform you may be able to deduct your cost of socks from taxes. Your tax advisor can advise you best.

In any case view the socks as an investment in your well-being – your feet and legs will thank you!

 Hold on to your aprons…