Compression Socks for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Most people who are diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 50 years old. Additionally, women are 2-3 times more likely than men to be diagnosed with MS.

Multiple sclerosis can affect your brain, spinal cord, muscle control, vision and your balance. Symptoms and their severity are different for everyone. MS occurs when your immune system attacks and damages myelin, a fatty material which protects your nerve fibers. This limits the brain’s ability to successfully send signals throughout your body. To diagnose MS, blood tests, physical exams or other tests can be performed.

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but symptoms can be managed through a variety of treatment options, depending on the severity of the symptoms. It is important to rest and maintain a healthy, balanced diet. When you feel up to it, exercise is important to help build strength and keep your body healthy. Be aware of what your body is feeling. Limit stress and be cautious of your body temperature rising, this can cause symptoms to get worse.

Compression socks can be used to help manage swelling in the ankles, feet, and legs. Compression stockings are designed to increase circulation, which helps to prevent fatigue, swelling, and pain. They also help to prevent and manage blood clots (DVT) and varicose veins. Ask your doctor what compression level will benefit you best.

Generally, 15-20 mmHg compression is ideal for mild swelling and fatigue. This level of compression is also recommended for travel, everyday wear and to help speed up muscle recovery after a long run or tough workout. 20-30 mmHg compression is often used to manage moderate swelling and fatigue. This moderate can also help manage dysautonomia symptoms.

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Stephanie - February 10, 2020

Hi Landon – Unless otherwise prescribed by a doctor, we would recommend starting in a 15-20 mmHg compression sock. Be sure to always consult your doctor first.

Landon - February 10, 2020

Do you know if compression sock help with cramping and spasms? I work on my feet a lot and always in pain. If this would help I would love to try some !

Dorcas Morris - January 3, 2020

I have ms my feet numb but with pins and needle very uncomfortable and painful

Brita - August 14, 2019

Hi Gavin – I would recommend speaking with your doctor about this. Compression socks are mostly recommended to improve circulation and decrease swelling – I’m not sure how they would interact with tremors. Your doctor would know best!

Gavin Turnbull - August 14, 2019

I suffer from MS foot tremors a lot. I do feel comfier wearing a pair of socks as it seems to minimize these tremors. Can you advise me if a compression sock is suitable to wear to assist limiting the tremors even more or could they cause issues?

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