The 11 Best Compression Socks for Nurses of 2022

Get the support you need during long shifts on your feet

Spending all day on your feet can be an incredibly uncomfortable experience. But for nurses, it’s often part of the job. “Nurses spend most of the day on their feet on hard floors,” Sarah Anderson, N.P., founder of PEAK Integrative Wellness, says. “All the walking and standing puts a lot of pressure and stress on the legs.” And over time, that stress can cause pain, discomfort, and swelling, she says.

One potential way to curb this discomfort? Wearing compression socks. “For jobs that require women and men to be on their feet for long periods of time, compression stockings help promote better blood circulation in the legs,” Dr. Sherry Ross, M.D., OB/GYN and Women’s Health Expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, says. Compression socks (also called compression stockings) are tall socks that gently squeeze the legs. And according to Dr. Ross, this light pressure promotes blood flow—and it can potentially help you cut down on swelling, inflammation, varicose veins, blood clots, and more.1

Compression socks come in many sizes, styles, and compression levels. (Some are tighter than others.) So it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before buying a pair. Your doctor can help you figure out which compression socks to buy, how tightly they should fit, and how long you should wear them.

To help you understand what’s out there, here are the best compression socks you can buy over-the-counter.

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