Top 6 compression socks that can relieve swelling and leg cramps

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Never thought you’d be caught dead wearing compression socks? Well, if you’re pregnant and experiencing swelling and leg cramps, you may want to rethink that. These socks can alleviate the discomfort and keep your legs happy. Consider them your new best friend.

What can you read in this article?

  • What are compression socks anyway?

  • Why should pregnant women use compression socks?

  • What to look for when buying compression socks in the Philippines?

  • Top 6 compression socks in the Philippines

In the past, you can only find compression socks in the Philippines specialty shops and pharmacies, now a simple search on Lazada and Shopee will yield tons of results. All these different brands to choose from delivered right to your doorstep.

What are compression socks anyway?

In this article from Cleveland Clinic, foot surgeon Dr. Georgeanne Botek says compression socks mainly exist “to promote better blood circulation in the legs.”

These look like your typical socks and stockings but they are designed to “squeeze legs a bit more than typical socks.” These come in different lengths and features as you will see later on.

Why should pregnant women use compression socks?

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compression socks philippines

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You normally see old folks wearing them. But did you know that compression socks are useful for pregnant women, too? When you’re pregnant, your body is producing 50% more fluids, which can cause swelling accompanied by discomfort.

Aside from that, you may experience leg cramps due to the additional weight gain that changes circulation. The pressure from your growing little one may affect the nerves and blood vessels leading to your legs.

In this case, the American Pregnancy Association also recommends wearing supportive stockings like compression socks. These can prevent blood clots and relieve aches and pains.

What to look for when buying compression socks in the Philippines?

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compression socks philippines

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As mentioned earlier, there are scores of brands to choose from when you’re in the market for these socks. That said, however, we suggest you take your pick based on these criteria:

  • compression level

    • Most socks out there are of light to medium compression. Choose one that has just the right amount of compression for you to maximize its benefits. It may take a while to get used to wearing them, but if it helps alleviate the cramps and reduce the swelling, then it would be a worthwhile purchase.

  • value for money

    • Speaking of purchases, make sure you get socks that will give you the most bang for the buck. The price range differs like most products. It will be up to you to decide how much you’d be comfortable spending. Read the reviews also to get a better understanding of how the product works.

  • features

    • Some of the brands there have zippers on the side for ease of use. Others are medically certified. Do your research when choosing.

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compression socks philippines

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Top 6 compression socks in the Philippines

These are designed to be worn while you sleep. Dr. Scholl Medi Qtto socks come from the eponymous footcare brand that developed English medical stockings.

You’ll appreciate that these have a wide elastic around the leg openings to prevent them from digging into the thighs. This helps you stay comfortable throughout the night.

Why we love them

  • features

    • comes in soft lavender fabric for your comfort

    • open toe design so your feet remains cool

    • goes past the knees

    • designed to be worn while you sleep

    • wide elastic around the leg openings prevent the garment from digging into the thighs and helps keep the tights in place

  • price

    • P1,864

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Want something you can wear underneath your usual clothes? This skin tone variant from Oro is a good choice. Like the one from Dr. Scholl, it also has an open-toe design for your comfort.

Why we love them

  • features

    • offers firm compression for aching and/or swollen legs

    • open-toe design for comfort

    • skin tone

  • price

    • P1,300

These graduated compression stockings were designed to accelerate the blood circulation in your legs. It was made using German technology and is composed of nylon and spandex.

Why we love them

  • features

    • has 4-way stretch so it’s easy to put on and remove

    • soft to the touch and skin-friendly

    • optimum comfort and fit thanks to quality materials

    • soft and wider band for comfortable fit

  • price

    • P2,700

Like Oro, these compression stockings from Oppo are skin tone can be worn underneath your work clothes. This is ideal for those who stand for prolonged periods of time and are experiencing discomfort or swelling in their legs.

Why we love them

  • features

    • wide band with silicone strips to prevent slipping and binding

    • knit heel for a better fit

    • progressive compression to help improve blood circulation

  • price

    • P1,349 – P487

What makes Medx effective is how it exerts an external pressure that’s greater at the ankle part and lighter at the calf and thigh. This helps improve blood circulation within the deep venous system. It also features an open-toe design and an anti-slip band.

Why we love them

  • features

    • wide anti-slip band

    • ankle part has strong compression, calf has medium compression, thigh part has light compression

    • graduated compression

  • price

    • P1,550

This is a bit different from the other socks on this list because it has a zipper on the side. We think this is helpful especially when bending over to put on and remove socks is becoming challenging because of your growing tummy.

Why we love them

  • features

    • reduces swelling and enhances blood circulation

    • available in black and nude

    • zips in cross-wise

    • decreasing pressure difference from the bottom to the top

  • price

    • P321

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