Nursing socks... Do they help? And what kind to buy?

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    I am wondering if anyone on the AN thinks that the nursing socks they sell at uniform stores help any with leg fatigue. By the end of the day, my legs were dragging so I bought 3 pairs to try them out. After 2 days, they seem to help. But I'm wondering if it will last. So, does anyone else wear nursing compression socks? Also, could you share which brand and how much compression works for you?

    Anything to prevent feeling like poo when I get home is a plus!
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    I won't go to work without them they make a big difference in my energy level. I purchase mine from footsmart.com. They have a wide variety to choose from. I like the light weight moderate support. My teenage daughter works on her feet all day and also uses them.
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    I have a few pairs, and I think they help, though not as much as the right shoes. I have a pair of Adidas "muscle recovery socks" that are really ugly but work well (mine are charcoal gray with a poison green stripe around the foot that shows through my T-strap clogs!). I don't know where you can get them (they were a gift), but maybe Sports Authority or Dick's Sporting Goods would have something similar. I bought another pair of white compression socks at Work 'N Gear that are fine, and the third pair I have had forever was too tight at the top, so I keep stretching them after I wash them.

    I wash these socks in cold water and hang them up to dry to preserve the elasticity. Like I said, though, for me, shoes make a bigger difference; when my compression socks are dirty, I can wear regular socks as long as they don't have a tight cuff at the top.
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    I found that the calf sleeves I wear for recovery after I run work awesome! Mine are by Zensah. You can also get them in knee socks (but I'm too picky about my running socks so I like the calf sleeves). Runners swear by them!
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    I also run, and I wear both medical grade compression socks and regular athletic compression for when I'm on the floor.
    I used to get dependent edema in my feet when I would wear regular socks and run on top of that, so they help a lot.
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    Thanks to everyone for responding! Just got home and I can tell that I was on my feet all day but the socks are still working. My legs feel great!

    I wear Nursing Mates shoes and they are much more comfortable for a long day than the Rockports that I had previously.


    Thanks again!
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    I tell every nurse I know to try Sockwells Circular Compression socks...they're super cute merino wool so they don't look like old lady orthopedic garb. I'm gonna check out some calf sleeves too now!


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