When I signed up to be a nurse, I knew that it came with long hours standing and many miles on my feet. Even so, I didn’t anticipate all the pain and soreness associated with that. My husband didn’t foresee all the foot rubs that would come along with it either. However, as much as I enjoyed the extra time and attention from my husband, I would have preferred not to spend the later half of most of my shifts experiencing leg and foot pain. It wasn’t until a couple of years into my nursing career that I realized something was lacking in my nursing gear: compression socks.
Why hadn’t anyone told me about compression socks in nursing school? I mean sure, we discuss compression hose and socks for post-operative patients as a tool to prevent blood clots and promote circulation. But I didn’t realize that the same devices that helped patients in their recovery process could help nurses better care for their legs. Continue reading