I haven’t tried them yet, but I bought a pair of Bombas compression socks for our 12 hour flight to Japan next month. I’m a huge fan of their regular socks. I have tried them on, and am pleased they were large enough to go around my calves - as opposed to some calf-high boots.
Thanks for starting this thread! I’ve thought about trying compression socks (my age, ugly legs, vein issues, long flights/car rides, on my feet for long times occasionally - and especially at Disney!). But the last few years I mainly wear Teva sandals year-round. So sox with sandals??? Maybe I need to change footwear to wear these?
I first started wearing them when I was getting into longer runs.
They made SUCH a difference in minimizing my recovery time and muscle soreness.
I always swell at WDW - no idea why - but over the course of the week it gets a little worse and if I don’t have the compression stockings to wear to bed I end up with cankles. So it occurred to me to bring them on vacation with me and I haven’t looked back.
It does get a little hot wearing them, but I just adjust the rooom temp accordingly.
I used to have edema and wore compression hose but always had trouble with them being too long. Fortunately, it’s gotten better. I wear the sockwell socks when traveling on a plane, really helps. At the parks, I do the put my legs on the wall trick I learned here, I think @Julianne_fki shared. However, I also have leg air compressor thingys (similar to what hospitals use) that I sometimes bring to help with swelling.
Now I only wear them on travel/flying days. However, I have worn them in the parks. With compression hose/socks it’s ideal to put them on in the morning before your legs start swelling. They are intended to prevent swelling. I don’t think I could get mine on at night if it was really bad, which was why I loved the feet on the wall trick and got the air pump thingy. I have seen information about compression aids while sleeping so it is a thing but I’ve never done it that way.
If the problem is with your feet, maybe running socks with arch support while you are in the parks followed by elevated legs and compression socks in the evening? On our last trip we brought a small percussion massage gun which helped immensely.
For basic info on compression socks, I really liked the website @mathhound suggested. Lots of discussion on heights, pressure levels, purpose, etc under the “Compression Socks > Why Compression Socks?” tab.