Anyone who has spent long days on their feet, been pregnant, undergone surgery, taken certain medications, or suffered from diabetes can tell you: swollen ankles are an uncomfortable nuisance! Sometimes the buildup of fluid can become extremely painful, leaving many on the sidelines with their feet propped up as they wait for the swelling to subside.
If you frequently find yourself suffering from puffy ankles, compression socks are a good way to prevent swelling and keep you on your feet. The best sock depends on the cause of your swelling, so read on for help getting back on your feet!
General Swelling: Compression Socks
General swelling of your ankles and feet can have a number of causes that are not life threatening. Rarely, swelling can indicate a serious problem, so you should always go to your doctor with any concerns. Some common reasons for swollen feet and ankles include:
- Certain medications, such as NSAIDs
- Long periods of sitting or standing without movement
- Venous insufficiency, in which blood pools in your legs instead of flowing back to your heart
In these cases, compression socks can be very helpful to prevent and reduce swelling. Compression socks apply pressure to your legs and ankles, which helps your veins push blood back to your heart instead of allowing it to build up in your legs.
Best compression socks: Feetures Graduated Compression Socks
Made for both men and women, our graduated compression sock provides one of the best and most comfortable fits on the market. Engineered with targeted compression, these socks focus on your ankles with 15-20mmHg of compression. The anatomical right and left foot design enhances fit, delivering maximum comfort and protection. These socks improve circulation and provide cushioned comfort without the bulk.
Plantar Fasciitis: PF Relief Socks
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It is most commonly associated with a stabbing pain in your heel, but it can also cause swelling in the ankles. Those with plantar fasciitis should always wear supportive shoes when walking or standing, and the right socks can also offer much-needed support.
Compression socks provide support for the arch of your foot, which will reduce the swelling of your plantar fascia and alleviate the pain. Pain from plantar fasciitis is often worse once you sit down and get off your feet. Compression socks have the benefit of supporting your arch with light compression even while you’re not on your feet, which will keep your plantar fascia stretched out so that it doesn’t swell.
Best compression socks for plantar fasciitis: Feetures PF Relief Socks
Our PF relief socks provide intense compression in key areas of the foot to relieve heel and arch pain, ultimately providing a faster recovery. The targeted compression lifts, stretches, and stabilizes the plantar fascia and supports the Achilles tendon. For additional support along the Achilles tendon, full-length calf-crew options are available. Available for both men and women in ultra light or light cushion padding for bulk-free comfort.
Diabetes & Special Foot Care Needs: Therapeutic Socks
Swollen ankles can be caused by diabetes and other medical conditions that create special considerations for foot care. These conditions require compression socks to be worn indefinitely, which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to find a compression sock that is effective, yet comfortable enough for long-term wear.
Best compression socks for diabetics and those with special foot care needs: Feetures Therapeutic Socks
With a non-binding top and seamless toe, this sock provides unsurpassed comfort along with everyday compression. The iWick® fibers wick moisture to keep feet cool and dry, reducing the chance of infection, and the mesh construction on top of the sock provides ventilation for added breathability.
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Feetures: Engineered for You
Feetures' relief and recovery socks are designed to help everyone remain active and perform their best by providing relief from foot and ankle pain and swelling. All socks come with a lifetime guarantee, which means that if they fail to live up to your expectations, you can return them at any time for a replacement – no questions asked. Check out our reviews, then try a pair to get back on your feet!