You’ve probably noticed that sometimes your socks may leave a reddish imprint on your ankles. If it happens just once or twice, it can be a sign that the elastic that keeps the socks from slipping down is too strong. But if your sock marks are common, it’s a signal your body is using to tell you something might be wrong.
We have done some research to find out what health issues sock marks can alert you to. And don’t forget to check out the additional tips on how to prevent sock imprints at the end of the article.
1. High blood pressure
If you’re experiencing a disturbing feeling of swollen legs, the reason may be excess fluid that’s building up in your lower legs. Usually, it’s not painful by itself, but wearing socks may feel uncomfortable. High blood pressure is caused by fluid retention and makes it hard for the heart to transport blood throughout the body. The body responds by holding onto fluid that usually settles in the legs and feet.
2. Varicose veins
When the veins in your legs become weakened, they can’t return blood to your heart quickly enough. Blood then backs up in your leg veins and leads to painful swelling. This condition is one of the contributing factors to varicose veins. If you’re getting sock marks regularly, your body might be trying to send you a signal that your veins don’t let blood flow back up to your heart.