Do you all know about support (aka compression) stockings? What’s the link between this and cosplay you might wonder?
Support stockings are specialized hosiery that apply graduated pressure to your legs and feet and help your body pump the blood back towards the heart. They come in different levels of compression, but unless you have medical problems you only need to use light to moderate compression (15-20 mm-Hg). This level of compression helps relieve pain and swelling in the feet which happen when you stand for long periods of time.
They are great to wear at conventions to alleviate feet pain and swelling, especially if you need to wear high heels with your cosplay. They look like regular hosiery and come in different colours, so chances are you will be able to find a pair of support stockings that will work with your costume.
Support stockings are a bit tricky to put on, but luckily the lowest level of pressure is the easiest to deal with. It’s a good idea to put them on first thing in the morning, when not too much blood has pooled in your feet since you’ve been laying down for several hours. 15-20 mm-Hg compression stockings start at $30 and can go up to much higher. There’s no need to get the most expensive ones (mine cost $30), but consider them a very good investment.
They will not help with blisters, but if you’re going to wear high heels that put a lot of pressure on the ball of your feet you should consider trying support stockings! I’m sure you will notice a positive difference in feet pain and swelling.