The waitress job is very physical. It involves moving fast, standing for hours, and rushing between different locations in a restaurant to finish a service. Compression stockings relieve some of the strain and stress that is put on the feet and legs during work. Waitresses can wear the support socks even if there are currently no problems. Compression stockings benefit waitresses in a number of ways.
Prevent circulatory and leg problems
Many waitresses wear compression stockings to prevent the development of some common conditions that occur in people who stay on their feet for 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 that helps improve circulation. This combats the effects of gravity that tend to pull the blood down to pool in the feet and legs, resulting in swelling.
Waitresses stand and walk for hours, sometimes for more than one shift without adequate rest during peak hours. Gravity and exertion can combine to cause muscle pain, cramps, and fatigue in the feet and legs. Part of this fatigue is due to the accumulation of acid in the muscles. Oxygen removes some of these acids. Standing for a long time reduces circulation in the legs and decreases the oxygen reaching the muscles. Support socks give the veins the extra pressure needed to keep the blood circulating, allowing more oxygen to reach the legs. They reduce the effects of effort and fatigue.
Lower risk of injury
Quickly walking 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 injury from the vibrations and impact of brisk walking 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 do not recover immediately as soon as a shift ends. The pain and aches can last for hours or days afterward. Recovery is sometimes slow, especially when it relies on nothing more than a few hours of rest. Support socks worn after work help waitresses recover more quickly. Socks keep circulation even if the legs are elevated. Extra oxygen and support allow the body to heal naturally.