Why do nurses wear compression socks?
I asked myself this question when I started the journey of creating PODsox. As a nurse myself and having come from parents whom are both nurses this is a question that I think am qualified to answer. The short answer is because nurses know that compression socks work. Nursing shifts are notoriously long, 12 hours or more. Being on your feet for that length of time is bound to leave anyone’s legs feeling achy and tired.
When I started PODsox the goal was to make compression socks for nurses and really anyone that has legs. I saw my co workers “acquiring” the hospital brand compression socks and wearing on the unit or in the OR because they know the benefit. Even though these nurses “acquired” their compression socks and didn’t to foot the bill for them they complained. They complained that they were not comfortable, too hot or just ugly.
That was the light bulb moment for me. I set off on the journey to make a better mouse trap. If I could fix all the complaints that nurses had about their socks I would had truly make some unique socks just for nurses. Now don’t think that nurses are the only ones who can wear PODsox. I may be a nurse and inspired by nurses but truly anyone that has legs and is on their feet for any length of time can benefit. The reason nurses are the target market for PODsox is simple. Nurse are my people, they know the medical benefit of wearing compression they just wanted something better compression socks for nurses. That was the genesis of the PODsox. Check out the link to the about us page for info https://podsox.com/about/
Compression Sock Benefits–for Nurses (and the rest of us!)
As I stated before nurses wear compression socks because they know the health and medical benefits of compression. What are those benefits? Excellent question and one that we will drive into. Before we expand on the benefits of compression socks it is important to have some background knowledge about vascular anatomy. Blood inside the human body continually circulates this is done by heart pumping blood to the lungs were gains oxygen and then is distributed via the arteries to the tissues and organs that knee that oxygenated blood. Once the blood releases as oxygen to the tissues it returns to the vascular side of the system.
The vascular side of our system does not benefit from the pressure created by the Heart pumping lacking this can set one up for some potential problems. Without the pressure of the heart to help push the blood through the veins it can become slow and stagnant expectantly in the lower legs. This stagnates shin of blood can lead to medical conditions that vary from mildly irritating to life-threatening. One of the conditions that compression socks can help improve is that of varicose veins.
Who cares about Varicose Veins?
The primary reason most nurses state for wearing compression socks is to prevent varicose veins. Besides being unsightly, varicose veins can also become uncomfortable and or painful. Graded compression socks such as PODsox a manufactured in such a way that they are tighter and compression at the ankle and they gradually loosened as she get towards the calf. This change in pressure gradient of the sock helps promote the venous blood flow return to the core. The end result? Decreased stagnation and the risk of varicose veins. (woo hoo!)
Other conditions that PODsox’s compression socks for nurses can be helpful is by reducing the risk of acquiring is that of a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. A DVTs is just a fancy way of saying a blood clot. Blood clots can form in the lower legs when you have pulling of the blood. You are at higher risk of developing a blood clot when you are either on her feet for long periods of time or stuck in a position such as an airplane seat or desk for an extended length.
Other conditions such as being post surgical or being on certain medications could also increase her risk of developing a blood clot or DVT. Nurses are all to wear this as applying compression garments to their patients who have some of these conditions is a regular part of their job. The real danger comes when these blood clots in the lower legs travel to other parts of the body and get lodged and blood vessels and the heart lungs or brain. If this occurs you can have a heart attack a stroke or pulmonary embolism that can be truly life-threatening. One easy way to help mitigate some of that risk is by wearing compression socks.
The real reason that nurses love PODsox is our style.
The number one complaint I heard nurses give about the socks they “acquired” from the hospital was that they were ugly. Often those socks only came is hospital white. Fashion does matter and why shouldn’t you be able to have a little color and flair in your socks. That was the cross road for founding PODsox. If we could make a medical graded compression sock with some fun colors and styles the mission of making compression socks for Nurses would have been complete. When nurses have to wear only certain colors of scrubs or a specific uniform it leaves little space for them to have self-expression in their clothing choices.
Even at work!
With PODsox you can express yourself at work. Even if those around you don’t always see your socks you know that under that drab blue scrub bottom are legs covered with some fun unicorn and rainbow PODsox. If you have read this far in the article congratulations! However don’t just take my word for it, check out the testimonial page or our google review page. You will see hundreds of happy customers and many of those happy customers are nurses. (Click here to see testimonials https://podsox.com/testimonials/)
So why did I start PODsox? I hope I’ve been able to answer that question here. As a nurse from a family of nurses I know the benefit that wearing compression socks can have. I heard the call from my co workers for a better mouse trap and I started down the road to answer that question. PODsox are compression socks for nurses made by nurses. Take a look around out site, read the reviews and see for yourself. We have a money back guarantee. You have nothing to lose.