When we hear the terms compression stockings and support hose most of us tend to cringe and images of Grandma’s swollen legs covered with varicose veins may come to mind.
Lack of better information and education has conditioned us to associate compression and support hosiery with the presence of medical conditions and ailments. The medical community is only just beginning to explore the prophylactic potential of compression garments.
Numerous companies have been joining the quest of researching and developing sophisticated compression wear that promises preventative and corrective care features. Other compression wear is clearly targeted towards serious athletes, promising no less than higher comfort and possibly increased athletic performance.
Judging by the number of companies competing in these niche markets of relatively high ticket compression socks, compression tights, compression shirts, compression sleeves and other stamina and performance enhancing clothing it is obvious that serious athletes are willing to pay a premium for it.
If you are a little more like me, low key, relatively healthy and simply enjoy outdoor activities, you can still do your legs a big service by wearing support hose. Participate in activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, camping or hunting while wearing support hosiery as a preventative measure for tired and achy legs and to support blood circulation in the veins of your legs.
Many women have known the benefits of support hosiery for their legs for a long time. It is also a fact and no big surprise that increasing numbers of male hunters, campers, hikers, bikers and horseback riders have also discovered the energy boosting and invigorating feeling support hose can provide. In addition, support pantyhose can prevent blisters, chafing and protect against biting insects and ticks while hiking or just sitting around the camp fire.
Believe it or not, even U.S. soldiers have armored themselves with this “sheer” protection during their deployment in the deserts of the Middle East for protection against blisters, sand flees and the like.
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If I had worn support tights or hose in the past, I may have prevented the vein problems that I have now. The social views about men wearing such things needs to come to an end. Tights and hosiery really should be a unisex item. I mean come on, it’s the 21st century. With the advances in the textile industry, I see no reason why men can’t openly wear these as well. If someone thinks I am “odd”, that’s their problem, not mine. I am a happily married man with 4 children who wants to take care of myself.
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