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How To Wear Compression Socks in the Summer

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ShopSigvaris   |   6-17-23

How To Wear Compression Socks in the Summer

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Flip flops, a towel, straw hat, and notebook laying on a table; the notebook has a packing list written on it that includes compression socks

There is a misconception that compression socks and stockings can't be worn comfortably in the summer. Choosing the right style, material, and quality is all that's needed to make warm weather compression completely doable.

Keep reading for tips on wearing compression socks or stockings during the warmest months of the year.


How does summer heat affect your veins?

If you experience edema, you may find that the swelling in your legs gets worse in the summer months.

Heat can decrease the elasticity of your blood vessels. This causes the veins to dilate and increases the amount of fluid in your legs. People who don't have any history of edema can also experience this type of heat-swelling, but it becomes more dangerous for those of us with venous disorders.

What type of compression socks or stockings should you wear in the summer?

We recommend these attributes during the warmer months of the year:


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Opt for lightweight materials in your compression socks and stockings. Heavier materials, like wool, may be great for their moisture-wicking properties but picking lighter materials, like linen, will help you feel more comfortable in the heat.


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Thigh-high compression stockings are an excellent choice to promote blood flow and prevent swelling. But knee-high compression stockings let your legs breathe more while still offering effective compression levels and all-day comfort.


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Look for options that say "breathable" or "sheer". These products are engineered to be lighter, thinner, and more comfortable in the summer. 


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If you wish to disguise your compression, choose a shade that matches your skin tone and that comes in an open-toe style, like Soft Opaque. Open-toe compression stockings still offer you firm compression while leaving your toes free.

Are lightweight compression socks and stockings effective?

Yes. Lightweight compression socks are specifically designed to provide support and compression while keeping you comfortable in warm weather.

The materials used in these socks can offer breathability, moisture-wicking, or temperature-regulation qualities. They are an excellent choice for individuals who require compression therapy but don't want to sacrifice comfort during the summer months.

How to pick compression socks for the summer

Picking out your summer wardrobe is a lot of fun, but before you hit “add-to-cart” on any kind of compression socks, make sure you’ve researched what kind of compression socks will suit you during the summer months.

Consider the following tips while you decide what to get:

Compression level refers to the amount of pressure applied to your leg. It's strongest at the ankle, and gradually decreases up towards your knee.

If you're wearing compression for prevention and you have not been prescribed a specific amount, lower-pressure socks might be more comfortable when it's hot.

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Although it can be tempting to forgo your compression therapy in the summer months, lightweight compression socks can still be extremely useful. Keeping up with your compression can help reduce swelling, improve blood flow, reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and help you stay more comfortable in general.

When wearing compression socks in the summer, here are some additional tips to keep in mind that will help maintain your comfort:

  • Try calf sleeves
  • Compression sleeves start at the ankle, so your entire foot is allowed to breathe. This, as well as open-toed socks, can help you stay cool while still supporting healthy circulation in your legs.

  • Take breaks
  • If the weather is exceptionally hot, consider wearing your compression socks for shorter durations. You can wear them during the times when you need the most support, such as when you're active or on your feet for extended periods of time. This allows your legs to get a break from the compression and helps prevent excessive sweating.

  • Stay hydrated
  • Proper hydration is crucial during the summer months, especially when wearing compression socks. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and manage swelling. Staying hydrated can also reduce the risk of leg cramps and enhance the overall effectiveness of compression therapy.