Compression stockings are specialized hosiery made of elastic fibers which are worn to apply compression to the leg. This external compression helps reduce the diameter of veins causing an increase in venous blood flow and improves the function of the valves found within the veins.
Sore, tired achy feet, swollen feet and ankles, spider veins and varicose veins are all signs of circulation problems. Compression stockings have a pressure gradient making them tightest at the ankles but become less constrictive towards the knees and thighs. The result is an increased of blood flow return to the heart and less blood pooling in the feet.