Every nurse knows the benefits of compression socks and stockings -- preventing and slowing the progression of venous disorders like thrombosis and edema. They help with achiness, improve circulation, help with ulcer treatment, and reduce the risk of blood clots. They even offer relief to pregnant patients who are dealing with foot and leg swelling during the course of their pregnancy. All in all, you're probably very familiar with them and have likely helped more than one person put them on during their hospital stay.
But compression socks aren't just good for patients! Being on your feet all day can take a toll on you, too. While a lot of compression stockings with medical uses require a prescription, support compression socks can be purchased over the counter and are a great way to ease some of the more painful aspects of your job. Keep the swelling in your feet to a minimum by using these socks and attempting to put them up when you can, though we know that's not always an option. Make sure you're drinking lots of water and staying hydrated. Remember: you can't take care of other people effectively if you aren't taking care of yourself. As nurses, we know you put your patients' needs ahead of your own, but it's important to practice a little self-care, too. Make the time to be kind to yourself.
You probably already know where to get compression socks back home, but finding them while on assignment might be tougher if you're unfamiliar with the area. Compression socks are popular with athletes – to aid recovery after workouts, so you can always try a sports store. Otherwise, you can always order online! AllHeart, Uniform Advantage, and several other nursing wear companies offer compression socks and stockings for nurses, sometimes in fun prints to match your scrubs!