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Is it good to sit down with compression socks and legs proped up when u have bad circulation?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry

In brief: What bad circulation

If your meaning of bad circulation is poor venous return (blood returning to the heart), then by all means, compression socks and elevated legs are great.
If, however, you mean poor arterial flow, or bad pulse pressure (blood leaving the heart), The compression socks are a bad choice. They act as a weak tourniquet and along with elevating the legs, could aggravate existing vascular disease.

In brief: What bad circulation

If your meaning of bad circulation is poor venous return (blood returning to the heart), then by all means, compression socks and elevated legs are great.
If, however, you mean poor arterial flow, or bad pulse pressure (blood leaving the heart), The compression socks are a bad choice. They act as a weak tourniquet and along with elevating the legs, could aggravate existing vascular disease.
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