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When you think of compression socks, you may think compression socks are great for a nurse wearing a pair to work, or how difficult they can be to put on, or that only a certain type of person should wear them, but the truth is, anyone can benefit. There is no age requirement for wearing compression socks, and they can help people working in various occupations.
The main reason to wear compression is simply to keep the blood flow circulating from your heart to your legs, and from your legs back to your heart. You may not even think about this, but when you’re sitting at a desk all day and your legs aren’t moving, the blood flow from your legs back to your heart is reduced significantly. Or let’s say you decide to go on a long road trip — this is limiting your movement, thus limiting your blood flow. Our bodies were designed to move, and when we sit, or even stand, and don’t move for long periods of time, this can potentially cause issues down the road.
For some, there is a medical condition called venous reflux, which can be seen in obese people, pregnant woman, and those over 50. Healthline has a great overview of this condition, as well as the video below, where vein experts and FITS Medical Consultants share their insights on compression socks.
You don’t need to be a nurse, have venous reflux, or be a triathlete to wear compression. Although compression socks may not resolve everything, they are the simplest way to enhance blood flow and reduce cramping and swelling.
If you’re interested in learning more about our compression socks for your own needs, or you’re in the medical field and want to know how to connect your patients with FITS Compression, check out compression socks for men and compression socks for women.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.