Best Compression Socks for Nurses
If anyone understands lower back pain, tired feet, and aching legs, it’s nurses, nurse practitioners and healthcare workers. This year we learned nurses make the world go 'round and they never sleep. That means they need to be on their A game all the time! That's a tough order, but somehow nurses do it.
If you are a nurse or healthcare worker, you've experienced tired, aching legs at work. When this happens, it can make you feel even more tired, which is not a great feeling during a twelve hour shift.
That's where compression socks come in. Compression stockings and socks, as the name suggests, compress the legs to coax blood flow up the leg. It’s important to sit, stretch, and wear comfortable shoes, but adding compression stockings to your uniform might just be the icing on the cake to keep your legs ache-free. Socks that provide 15-20 mmHg compression are perfect for everyday wear to keep your legs fresh, healthy, and free of aches and swelling.
Check out some of Bright Life Direct’s best-reviewed compression socks for nurses and other health professionals who are on their feet all day:
Allegro Sheer Support Thigh Highs
“I have been ordering these stockings for over 10 years now. They hold up great and provide great support. My legs do not feel tired after a 12 hour shift on my feet as a nurse. They are light weight and do not make me hot wearing them. Would highly recommend!” – Tecumseh, MI
Allegro Athletic Support Socks
“I received the socks yesterday in the mail and wore them to work for my evening shift in the operating room. They were awesome. My legs felt great–my feet weren’t hot and sweaty @ 2300 when my shift was done. There was lots of room in the socks for my toes and the socks did not slide down once. I would certainly buy more of the Allegro support sock. Thank you!” – London, Ontario
Sigvaris 142 Cushioned Cotton for Women
“Very comfortable socks! My feet and legs feel great even at the end of a 16 hour shift. They wash nicely too. I probably wouldn’t wear them in the summer they are thick and might be too hot. As always brightlife direct has the best customer service and fastest free shipping!” – Bethel, CT
“Love these knee highs! Nice compression! They keep me going all day!” – Arlington, VA
Therafirm Core-Spun Support Socks
“Just received these for my husband and he loves them. He is in sales and on his feet all day and came home with legs a lot less fatigued.” – Worcester, MA
“I work 12 hour shifts and stay mostly on my feet. I purchased the Jobst Relief Knee Highs 20-30mmHg for 28.76 and I love them. My feet and ankles tend to swell after so many hours of running around on hard floors but these pressure stockings really help keep the swelling down. I was afraid they would need constant adjusting but they don’t. I’ll definitely buy more.” – Chicago, IL
Looking for color or patterns to give your scrubs a bit of pizzazz?
One great, stylish option is the Sigvaris Microfiber Shades Collection. These soft, stretchy compression socks are a breeze to get on and off and keep your legs fresh and energized all day long. Socks come in argyle, stripes and mini-stripes in a variety of colors and compressions for men and women.
Check out Sockwell merino wool compression socks in a variety of stylish colors and patterns for men and women. These socks double as the perfect travel sock too! They are soft, thermoregulating, moisture-wicking and help to prevent blisters. These soft, breathable socks are sensitive-feet approved, featuring a lightly cushioned sole and seamless toe enclosure.
Next Step: Measure
Once you’ve decided which brand of nurse compression stockings sounds best for you, it’s time to take your measurements to determine what size you need. The best time to measure is in the morning when you first wake up, when your legs are completely relaxed and not so fatigued or swollen. Take a flexible tape measure, and determine the circumference of your ankle, calf, knee, and thigh. Then, measure the length from your foot to your knee, and your knee to your hip. Making sure your measurements add up will help you get that perfect fit. Once you have your measurements, you can use them to find the correct size on BrightLife Direct’s Size Charts – located on each individual product page.
Find more measurement tips in our blog - How to Measure for Compression Socks and Stockings.
If you’re confused by sizing or overwhelmed by choices – you can always call us at 1-877-545-8585 and one of our certified fitters will walk you through measurements and choosing the best product for you.