5 On-Your-Feet Careers That Need Compression Socks
Standing all day on your feet can take a toll on your health and productivity. WebMD states that standing all day at work can cause varying degrees of lower limb muscle fatigue and back pain. Studies found that standing over just 2 hours continuously per day caused workers leg muscle stress - across all ages and genders! More importantly, on-your-feet careers tend to cause a reduction in productivity due to fatigue. That tiredness can carry on after work hours, affecting your family and social life.
Benefits of Compression Socks
If you work in a job that requires standing for long periods of time, consider the benefits of compression socks that form fitted to put just enough pressure on the legs to increase blood flow through the legs and back to the heart. When worn properly, gradient pressure-fitting leg sleeves that are tighter around the lower leg with a gradual reduction in pressure as the sleeve moves up the leg will provide many benefits to those that must stand for long hours:
Improves blood circulation in the legs
Reduces swelling in the feet and ankles
Forces blood to flow back to the heart
Can minimize clot formation
Reduces symptoms of vein disease
All these benefits to the wearer of compression socks will result in less leg fatigue, more energy, and greater ease for workers that must stand for long hours on the job. Here are more compression sock uses for 5 jobs that demand standing on your feet for 2 or more hours per day.
Compression Socks for Standing Jobs
1. Hospitality Staff
Hotel workers, restaurant workers, tour guides or anyone in the hospitality business, are at an increased risk of leg and foot pain and tiredness. Not only are these workers standing for most of the work shift, but their required uniforms may call for less than comfortable footwear. Hospitality staff are at an increased risk of developing varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency due to the long hours on their feet.
Compression socks for those in the hospitality business can increase oxygen-rich blood flow from the heart to the legs, reducing fatigue and minimizing the medical side effects due to standing and walking for long hours.
2. Nurses and Healthcare Staff
It has been recommended that all nurses wear compression socks to reduce leg soreness that comes from working long hours - mostly standing and walking. A part of the pain associated with achy legs is due to the build-up of Lactic Acid in the leg muscles. Lactic acid increases when muscles are heavily exercised, but don't receive an equal replenishment of oxygen.
Compression socks for nurses should be non-binding and feature a gradient compression fit to improve circulation during long work hours and keep legs energized.
3. Retail Sales and Stock Clerks
The sales floor and the stock room are workplaces that also demand long hours of standing. Unfortunately, even when there are no customers, these employees are required to remain standing. A good solution is sound in the massaging qualities of compression socks that are gently squeezing the blood vessels of the leg. Another benefit is the muscle support these socks provide that will also work to reduce the weariness of standing.
Retail workers can find compression socks in a variety of fashionable styles to complement work outfits and personality.
4. Construction Workers
Construction workers will often suffer from foot pain and leg fatigue because they are on their feet the entire day. When you add the heavy, steel-toed boots and the constant lifting, twisting, and reaching that construction worker's legs must perform, you can understand why tired legs is a common complaint with these occupations.
To reduce the swollen feet and legs associated with construction work, compression socks constructed of a lighter material for the summer and a heavier style for the winter is a good idea.
5. Manufacturing Jobs
Fast-paced production workers must stand and stay alert while working around fast-moving machinery or sharp tools. Factory jobs feature repetitive motions and long hours standing. This combination can be physically demanding and may cause problems with inflammation, varicose veins, and muscle strains.
Ankle and leg swelling for factory workers can be reduced when they wear appropriately fitting compression socks that help prevent blood pooling in the lower legs and stimulates the muscles.
Compression socks is recommended for healthcare workers
These socks apply pressure on the legs to increase blood flow
Another benefit for workers is the reduction in blood clot formation
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