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Can compression stockings help alleviate tired legs and feet?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Sometimes, after a hard day, your legs may feel like they have about as much zip as a napping cat. They feel heavy, you feel tired, and the only thing you want your legs to do is hang out on the ottoman. One solution: Socks or stockings that compress your feet, calves, and thighs. Besides giving you the benefit of decreasing the chance of developing varicose veins, these stockings - after a day of wear - will make your legs feel stronger and more well-rested. How? They decrease the pooling of blood in your legs, letting your heart function better.
Though the best stockings are custom-made, off-the-shelf ones work well, too; choose ones with pressures starting at 10 millimeters Hg and on up to 40 millimeters Hg. The higher the pressure, the better they work, but the more expensive they will be and the harder they are to put on. If you have no symptoms, choose 10 millimeters Hg; if you have mild swelling in your feet and legs, choose at least 20 millimeters Hg. You can wear compression stockings every day for about four months, washing them in cold water at night.

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