Do compression socks really work?

“Compression socks work by applying a constant pressure to the ankle and calf area,” explains Dr. Doug Tumen, a podiatrist at Hudson Valley Foot Associates in Kingston, New York, and the author of Ask the Foot Doctor: Real-Life Answers to Enjoy Happy, Healthy, Pain-Free Feet. “This prevents pooling of blood in the legs, which is a risk factor for a blood clot. Arteries bring the oxygenated blood pumped from the heart to all areas of the body while the veins work to bring the blood back to the lungs for fresh oxygen. The compression socks aid in this venous return.”

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About Dr. Douglas F. Tumen, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Douglas F. Tumen has been practicing podiatry in Kingston for more than 16 years. A graduate of the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Tumen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons - Board Certified in Foot Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. A marathon runner and former Race Director for the annual Kingston Classic 10K race, Dr. Tumen has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Kingston; was an Honorary Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Walkathon; and is a recipient of the “Pride of Ulster County” award from the U.C. Legislature.

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