Why do waitresses wear compression stockings?
The job of a waitress is very physical. It involves moving fast, being on your feet for hours, and running between different places in a restaurant to finish a service. Compression stockings relieve some of the strain and stress placed on your feet and legs during work. Waitresses could use the support socks even if there are no current issues. Compression stockings benefit waitresses in several ways.
Prevent leg and circulation problems
Many waitresses wear compression stockings to prevent the development of some common conditions that occur in people who are on their feet most of the day. This includes problems like varicose veins, poor circulation, and even deep vein thrombosis. The garments apply a certain amount of pressure to the legs which helps improve circulation. This combats the effects of gravity that tends to push blood down to pool in the feet and legs, causing swelling.
Waitresses stand and walk for hours, sometimes for more than one shift without adequate rest during busy times. Gravity and exertion can combine to cause muscle pain, cramps, and fatigue in the feet and legs. Some of this fatigue is due to acid buildup in the muscles. Oxygen removes some of these acids. Standing for a long time reduces circulation in the legs and lowers the oxygen that reaches the muscles. Support socks give your veins the extra pressure needed to keep blood circulating, allowing more oxygen to reach your legs. They reduce the effects of stress and fatigue.
Lower risk of injury
Walking quickly between the kitchen and dining room with a heavy tray puts significant strain on your legs and feet after hours of service on a hard floor. Unsupported muscles can lead to injuries from the vibrations and shock of walking briskly with a tray of food and drink. Compression stockings apply pressure to each leg and ankle. The small amount of tension helps keep each muscle group in proper alignment. This reduces the chance of injury during the day.
Improve recovery times
Waitresses who work long hours don’t immediately recover as soon as a shift ends. The pain and aches can last for hours or days afterwards. Recovery is sometimes slow, especially when you don’t depend on more than a few hours of rest. Support socks worn after work help waitresses recover faster. The socks maintain circulation even if the legs are elevated. The extra oxygen and support allow the body to heal naturally.