It’s no secret, respiratory therapists work hard. Especially in the hospital, it is pretty much a requirement to be on your feet for long hours of the day. This places added amounts of stress on your body over time.

While many people automatically assume that this is just “apart of the job”, that just doesn’t sit well with me because I know there are ways to alleviate some of this pain and stress.

And that is why I want to give you the reasons why every respiratory therapist should wear compression socks.

What are compression socks?

Compression socks (or stockings) are specially made socks that help increase the circulation of blood flow and oxygen in your lower extremeties.
They are often recommended by the doctors and are commonly worn in hospitals by healthcare professionals, including respiratory therapists, nurses, lab technicians, etc.

Research has found that compression socks can help with certain medical conditions like blood clots, in post-surgery patients during bed rest, or for treatment in cases of varicose veins. Apart from their significance in therapeutic procedures, they are also used for various other purposes as well. Usually, the compression socks are worn rather tight at the ankle and looser towards the upper part of the leg.

How do compression socks work?

Essentially, compression socks work to increase circulation, which will help blood flow back to your heart. Normally the veins in the legs have to work extra hard against gravity to promote adequate blood flow.

That is where the compression socks come into play because the added pressure from the socks can help squeeze the blood back to your heart. This continuous blood flow is the factor that most helps to prevent blood clots.

Who should wear compression socks?

They are commonly worn by patients in the hospital. Those who can’t walk due to illness and have to stay in bed for long hours, and also those who suffer from blood clotting will definitely benefit the most from wearing compression socks.

Compression socks are also commonly worn by people with varicose veins, leg ulcers, circulatory problems, and/or leg swelling.

They also help regulate the lymphatic system which is essential in the prevention of lower body tissue swelling. Therefore, apart from the prescription by medical experts, compression socks are also beneficial to those who spend a lot of time on their feet. This is why they are also popular in athletes, pregnant women, runners, medical workers (of course), and many other professionals as well.

As you know, I’m just a respiratory therapist and not a doctor, so please adhere to your physician’s advice about whether or not you should wear compression socks and how to wear them properly. But for those of you who already know you’re ready to rock the stocking, I have found some of the best ones that you can choose from.

It can be difficult to find a great pair of compression socks because surprising there are many factors that come into play when choosing an appropriate pair of compression socks. You want to make sure that they are the right fit so they’re not constantly sliding down your legs and ankles.

They need to be made of the proper material so they won’t stink or make your legs feel sweaty or itchy. So I went ahead and found some compression socks that will be great for respiratory therapists medical professionals workin’ those twelve-hour shifts.

Best Compression Socks for Respiratory Therapists

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks







When it comes to quality, these Physix Gears Sports compression socks may be the best on the list. They come in colors and sizes for both men and women, so yes guys, you can rock these too. These are a bit pricey but that’s because the quality is truly so nice. These are greats for runners and athletes as well.

Blitzu Compression Socks







These are great because of the patterns that provide pressure in just the right places. I know of many nurses who use these and they always give praise about how wonderful they are. These will definitely reduce injuries and swelling, all the while lowering your fatigue levels at the same time.

They come in pink for the ladies and black for the gentlemen. But hey, guys can rock the pink too I suppose.

Run Forever Sports Compression Socks







One of the respiratory therapists in my department always complains that her legs just feel tired and tight all the time towards the end of our shifts. I mean, that must be normal after working twelve hours right? But then she purchased these Run Forever Sports compression socks and felt much better even after the first day of use.

These are also very comfortable as they have a nice, silky feel to them. And they also come in sizes and colors for the guys and gals.

KKUP2U Compression Socks







These compression socks are very comfortable, and also provide a good fit. They won’t slide down your legs at all. If you have poor circulation, these will really help with swelling.

When walking (or sometimes running) down the halls of the emergency room or ICU, these compression socks give a nice feel to your legs and feet and will help ease the tension a bit. The added support that they provide is just another bonus.

These are cheaper than some of the others pairs, so you can really get a good bang for your buck.

ZPBliss Compression Socks







These compression socks are the go-to pair for someone on a budget, as they are the cheapest on the list. Just because they are the lowest price doesn’t mean that they are any lower in quality, because these compression socks offer many of the similar qualities of the pricier ones.

They are just as comfortable and reliable too. You can feel confident about being on your feet for twelve hours and your legs will still feel great.


So now you know pretty much everything you need to know about compression socks, including who all needs to be wearing them (Hint: it’s you). Your legs work hard for you every day so you should do them a favor to keep them looking and feeling great with a nice pair of compression socks.

Be sure to check out the best shoes for Respiratory Therapists as well.