When you first invest in compression socks, you are doing something that will be an investment for your long term health. When buying compression socks you will need to be replacing them on a regular basis. In order for the socks to be effective, we recommend that you replace your socks every 3-6 months.
Compression socks will eventually wear out and their compression will weaken over time with regular use. The fibers that the socks are made with will break down when worn all the time and due to being washed. Compression socks are specifically made to apply pressure to certain areas. Specifically your feet, ankle, and calves. Once the socks lose their shape and flexibility, they will no longer give your legs the type of pressure they need. Again, this will normally happen around 3-6 months if its a good quality pair of socks. You might need to replace them a little sooner if you wear the same pair everyday.
Reasons You May Need New Socks
1. If the compression socks have lost their elasticity
If putting on compression socks has become much easier to do and they no longer feel firm on the ankles or legs, this could indicate that the fabric had gotten stretched out and lost their elasticity. This would hinder their purpose and you may not get the compression needed; therefore, they should be replaced.
2. If the compression socks have begun wearing out
If certain areas of the fabric look thinner, or worn out, or the socks have begun to sag, this indicates that the socks need replacing. Worn out compression socks may no longer be able to provide adequate compression.
3. If you have lost or gained a significant amount of weight
Losing or gaining a significant amount of weight over a few months can change the circumference of the legs, which may require you to change your size of compression socks. If the socks begin to feel a bit too tight, this can restrict blood flow, while having them too loose will not give you much benefit.
What To Look For When Replacing Your Socks
- If your socks look worn or if they keep sliding down your leg, the fibers are probably wearing out. Washing properly and taking care of the socks will extend their use. Always gently wash your socks and air dry them if possible to improve their lifespan.
- Are you able to easily take off and put on the socks? If the socks are loose or stretch easily, they have most likely lost their compression levels. Compression socks need to fit snug in order to improve blood flow and circulation.
- Changes in body weight can also change the effect of your socks. If you’ve gained or lost weight recently you will probably need to change your socks and get a different size. The compression will only work if the sizing matched your foot and calf size.
Compression socks are an important part of your lifestyle, especially if worn everyday. Make sure you replace your socks every 3-6 months to ensure you get the proper compression benefits. This is an investment. Don’t waste money if you don’t have to. Make sure you take care of your socks and they will take care of you.