Compression Socks – How to Choose, Wear, & Fabrics

Table of Contents

Compression Socks vs Regular Socks
How Compression Socks Work
Types of Compression Socks
Styles – Compression Socks (plus Compression Stockings and Compression Sleeves)
Compression Levels – 15-20 mmHg Compression Socks (vs 20-30 mmHg Compression Socks)
Where to Buy Compression Socks

Woman donning blue compression socks. These specific compression socks are ComproGear knee high blue Compression Socks in 20-30 mmHg Compression Level.

Many of us have experienced the frustration of leg and foot pain holding us back from the activities we love. Pain can prevent you from exercising, focusing at work and spending time with friends and family. But compression socks can help you get back into the swing of things.

Brown Thigh High Compression Stockings. These Compression Stockings are 20-30 mmHg Compression Level.

Although there are are medications available to manage the symptoms of foot and calf conditions, you can improve your circulation without relying on pills. Compression wear can be an effective tool when it comes to preventing pain, managing illness and improving your overall wellbeing. If you are already taking medications, compression hosiery is a great alternative to adding yet another pill to your daily routine.

It is a relief to know that you can manage many circulation symptoms by simply wearing socks. Let’s take a look at why pressure socks are such a powerful treatment tool with so few side effects.

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How Are Compression Socks Different from Regular Socks?

Just like a “wok” is different from a “frying pan”, a “compression sock” is different from a “sock”. Wok this way (Get it? “Wok” not “Walk”) and let’s talk about it.

White Knee High Compression Stockings. These Compression Stockings are ComproGear Compression Stockings in 20-30 mmHg Compression.

Regular socks offer a layer of protection between our skin and our footwear. Socks prevent blisters and can easily be changed out when we sweat. Compression stockings do this too, and so much more.

Unlike regular socks, pressure versions are made to accomplish many goals all at once. Because of the unique fabrics they are constructed of, compression hose can increase the wearer’s circulation, provide support to weak blood vessels and prevent (painful) edema.

In many cases, your compression hose will be able to prevent pain before it arises simply by improving your circulation. If you do have a medical diagnosis, touch base with your doctor and ask if compression socks can help you manage your illness. Compression wear is a simple, natural way to take care of your body.

How Do They Work?

Red Knee High Compression Socks. These specific Compression Socks are ComproGear 20-30 mmHg Knee High Compression Socks.

These special socks increase healthy blood flow in the calves and feet by applying pressure. The sturdy, elastane fabric used to make compression wear fits snugly against the wearer’s skin. This firm “hug” from your compression stockings or socks decreases the diameter of the blood vessels.

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By decreasing the diameter of your blood vessels, the vessels’ valves are able to fully close. Each time your heart pumps, the valves open to allow blood to move through the veins. Then they close briefly to prevent the blood from flowing backwards.

Sometimes our heart is able to move blood throughout the body without the help of medications or compression therapy. There are always circumstances where our blood vessels need that little extra boost, though.

When your blood vessel valves are not able to close all the way, you may experience dependent edema, varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. Compression helps prevent these conditions from progressing and can reduce the painful symptoms that accompany poor circulation. More severe venous diseases tend to require compression wear with higher pressure levels.

Types of Compression Socks

“Graduated” or Not? Compression Socks vs Graduated Versions

Superficial Veins that could have been treated with Graduated Compression Socks. This athlete is not wearing compression stockings and you can see the superficial calf veins showing.

Graduated compression wear works in a way similar to regular compression stockings or sleeves. They apply pressure to the wearer in order to improve circulation. Graduated goes one step further, though.

Rather than applying an equal amount of pressure across your leg, graduated applies a range of pressure levels. The highest level of pressure will be at your ankle. As the sock moves up your leg towards your knee, the pressure becomes gradually lower.

“Anti-Embolism” or Not? Compression Socks vs Anti-embolism Versions

Nurses applying TED Stockings to bed bound medical patient. TED Hose and Compression Stockings are different products. Compression Stockings typically have higher compression in the range of 20-30 mmHg. TED Hose have lower compression in the range of 5-15 mmHg.

Graduated compression wear with a low pressure level is often used for immobile patients. TED stockings, also called “anti-embolism”, rely on graduated pressure to keep blood moving throughout the body in patients who are bedridden (Note that TED hose are only effective if you are immobile). TED Hose are usually given out by a pharmacy, or a hospital with a pharmacy. Keep in mind you do not have to get them at a pharmacy. It’s just that a pharmacy is the most common place to find them. You can buy them online instead of the pharmacy.

“Medical” or Not? Compression Socks vs Nonmedical Support Hosiery

Woman wearing Brown Compression Socks. These specific Compression Stockings are ComproGear 20-30 mmHg Knee High Compression Socks.

Graduated compression wear can also worn by fully mobile wearers as well – Your doctor may prescribe gradient pressure socks (just like they prescribe any other drug) if you have been diagnosed with chronic edema or chronic venous disease. They can also be used during pregnancy (and are very commonly prescribed during pregnancy).

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Compression Socks – Why to Buy? – Advantages of Wearing Compression Socks

The benefits of wearing compression hose range from increased energy to a healthier heart. Many illnesses can be managed by wearing pressure garments. ComproGear has created this directory of benefits based on each wearer or diagnosis – Take a look to find out how compression therapy can improve your wellbeing:

Athletes using Compression Sleeves
Rugby Team Wearing Compression Socks. These are blue and white and black compression garments.

Athletes can use these special garments as both a preventative and a recovery tool:

  • Protective Support – The active pressure applied to your feet offers ankle and arch support. Twisted ankles are a concern for trail runners or hikers, but pressure helps hold the ankles firmly to reduce the incidence of injuries.
  • Speedy Recovery – An unfortunate part of being active is an increase in physical injuries. Sore muscles and pulled tendons come along with being an athlete. Continuous gentle pressure helps speed recovery from injuries by improving circulation without having to take an anti-inflammatory drug. The more oxygenated blood that can reach injured body parts, the faster the tissues can rebuild.
  • Reduced Lactic Acid Buildup – Better blood flow means waste products such as lactic acid can be circulated away from the muscles. Healthy eating helps with recovery too (which is why we recommend getting a good whetstone to sharpen your cooking knife, then get to work cooking a proper diet for yourself)
Do You Stand All Day at Work? – Are Compression Stockings Appropriate for this?
Man standing for long periods of time. This man is a royal guard and is wearing pants that cover up his socks.
“I could be wearing compression socks right now. You’d never know!”

Standing and walking for long hours can take a toll on your circulation. You may begin to feel lightheaded or start to develop edema and pain in your calfs, ankles, or feet.

Pressure socks help by providing an extra boost to your blood flow as it works against gravity to move back to the heart.

Woman sitting at a desk
Do You Sit All Day at Work? – Are These Garments Appropriate for this?
Black Compression Stockings. These are ComproGear Knee High Compression Socks in 20-30 mmHg Compression level.

The discomfort that comes along with sitting for hours at a time can be alleviated with compression hosiery.

Though you may be stuck at your desk all day, your circulation can be maintained through pressure application and a short stretch break every 30 minutes or so.

“Heavy” Legs

A feeling of heaviness in the calves, ankles, and feet is common when you are on your feet most of the day. Those with very low blood pressure or major depression may also experience heavy-feeling limbs. This is a result of blood pooling in your lower body, but it can also be the result of exhaustion or certain drug interactions or even just normal effects of pregnancy. Healthy circulation can give you an extra boost of energy to get through the day. Again, you can curb this heaviness with some external pressure.

Dependent Edema

Pitting Edema seen in legs of patient
Edema is no fun.
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Dependent edema is swelling in the lower extremities caused by gravity working against your heart’s pumping action – your heart can struggle to pump blood efficiently when you remain in the same position for extended periods of time – as a result, your blood flow slows and the lymphatic system cannot move lymph.

Eventually, this can lead to a “less than healthy” pooling of blood and lymph – Swelling in the ankles or feet is a common sign of dependent edema – For those who are bedridden, dependent edema can also occur in the hands and abdomen, causing a great deal of discomfort.

Dependent edema can be a sign of a co-occurring illness or diet problem (If you struggle with edema, it is important to speak with your doctor about your symptoms) Underlying conditions that can cause dependent edema include kidney and liver illnesses, an inadequate diet or weakness in the heart muscle.

Check in with your physician to see if compression hose is safe for dependent edema.

Orthostatic Hypotension

Dizziness from Orthostatic Hypotension that can be caused by decreases in blood pressure from multiple causes
Brown Compression Socks. These are ComproGear Compression Stockings Knee High with 20-30 mmHg Compression.

If you often feel dizzy, have darkening vision or hear ringing in your ears upon standing up, you may have orthostatic hypotension.

This condition can be a side effect of medications, low blood pressure or dehydration – along with drinking water throughout your day or tweaking your medications or adding calories to your diet – compression socks can be used to naturally boost your circulation.

Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Cured by Applying Compression Fabrics to the Leg
Black Compression Socks. These are ComproGear Compression Socks in 20-30 mmHg and Knee High Length.

Any added burden to your blood vessels can cause blood to slip backwards behind the vessels’ valves, creating bulges. These stretched vessel walls push outwards on the skin, forming what we know as varicose veins.

You are at an increased risk of developing this condition during pregnancy or if you struggle with excess body weight. Sitting or standing for long chunks of time can also contribute to these bulges formation.

Women are more prone to this because of hormone changes, hormone treatments and hormone birth control–all of which are known to relax blood vessel walls. Compression stockings act as additional support for weakened vessel walls, reducing the incidence of varicose veins. This can be very helpful during pregnancy.

To prevent the formation of varicose veins, opt for a mild to medium compression strength such as 20-30mmHg. If you have had surgery to remove existing venous bulges, your doctor will also be prescribing compression stockings to be worn as you heal.

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Chronic Venous Disease

Chronic venous insufficiency is the result of weak or damaged valves in the blood vessels. You may have noticed that many of the conditions best treated with compression wear stem from vessel valves malfunctioning. Unlike healthy valves that move blood in only one direction, weakened valves lead to blood pooling in the calves, ankles, and feet. This causes edema and increases your risk of blood clots.

Diabetes

Stop diabetes pin treated depending on drug interventions

Peripheral neuropathy and numbness in the feet are symptoms of diabetes caused by poor circulation. Diabetics may require medical grade graduated compression or they may do well with over-the-counter pressure socks. Choosing the right level of compression is important for diabetics because too much pressure may make their circulation even worse.

Blue ComproGear 20-30 mmHg Compression Socks in Knee High Length.

Talk to your doctor about which type of pressure garment is safe for you. ComproGear suggests that diabetics only wear pressure socks made of sweat-wicking materials to keep moisture away from the foot. You may also prefer to choose an open-toe compression sock so that you can visually check your feet for any undetected injuries.

Maintaining healthy circulation (with pressure garments) alongside doctor-recommended treatments can slow damage to the blood vessels of the feet.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (a thrombus) forms in a blood vessel in your leg. It can become dangerous if the thrombus breaks away and moves through the bloodstream, as the thrombus will eventually come to rest at the lungs: This can cause a pulmonary embolism (PE)!

DVT is most likely to occur during long periods of sitting and inactivity. Blood pools and can become thicker due to poor circulation: This is why they are often worn during flights or while working a sedentary job.

Symptoms of DVT include:

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  • Your skin may feel hot.
  • Edema and unusual swelling.
  • Tenderness around the calf or thigh.
  • Red streaks and discoloration appear across your skin.

Symptoms of PE include:

  • Fainting.
  • Heavy breathing.
  • Light Headedness.
  • Difficulty taking full breaths.
  • Pain underneath the rib cage.
  • Your heart rate becomes faster.

DVT and PE require speedy medical attention since they can be life threatening – Pressure garments are usually worn as a preventative measure against DVT and PE to keep the blood flowing at a healthy rate.



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Product Review of ComproGear Compression Stockings

ComproGear specializes in knee-high 20-30 mmHg versions. This is the most versatile of the pressure ranges. Plus, no prescription is needed for a 20-30mmHg garment, and you don’t need to buy a crappy version at the grocery store. (Yes, these are so important you can get inferior versions at the grocery store. No, you don’t want to buy them at the grocery store. Just stick to buying groceries at the grocery store.)

ComproGear aims to create quality compression stockings for all your daily needs. That’s why we’ve chosen a combination of 65 percent nylon and 35 percent elastane (Spandex) for our socks to provide a stretchy but firm fit. Unlike cotton socks, our nylon-elastane fabric will pull sweat away for long-wearing comfort.

ComproGear Compression Socks Size Chart for Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.

Take a look at our sizing chart to determine if you should order a small, medium, large or extra-large size for daily wear. You can use your shoe size and the circumference of your calf to find which size of sock is the one for you to wear daily.

Since people often shy away from wearing these garments out of fear of them looking ugly, we’ve taken care to provide options that will align with most modern clothing styles. We offer multiple patterns and colors so each customer can find a sock that suits their personal tastes:

ComproGear Savory Chevrons White Compression Socks Knee High 20-30 mmHg

Savory Chevrons: Deep turquoise and brown chevrons are patterned across a light-colored neutral background. The lighter hue of this sock makes it an ideal option for sunny weather

ComproGear Striped Brown Compression Socks Knee High 20-30 mmHg

Sunset Stripes: This sock is made of a rich, chocolate-colored fabric with neutral stripes from top to bottom. A splash of mustard yellow at the toe, heel and hem reinforcements add a unique accent.

ComproGear Red Compression Sock Knee High

Red Wine: These burgundy-red knee-high versions will bring a touch of formality to your slacks, a dress or even shorts. Red wine is a classic unisex option that can be paired with many neutral colors. Not a trademarked™ color.

ComproGear Blue Compression Socks Knee High 20-30 mmhg

Mountain Blue: A customer favorite, this knee-high sock in a calming blue works well in both masculine and feminine wardrobes. The royal blue hue compliments most skin tones and is a great option for dressing up a casual outfit.

ComproGear Black Compression Stockings

Onyx Black: A classic black compression sock is an essential in any wardrobe. Black can be paired with both work and casual attire, it doesn’t show stains and it is easily styled with patterned outfits.

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Different Styles

Compression socks are available in several styles. In general, you can choose the style you prefer based on comfort. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a particular style for your condition.

Yellow Toe Socks
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Closed-Toe

Closed-toe versions look like regular versions. They offer full coverage across the foot and are available in various lengths such as knee-high or ankle socks. Closed-toe compression hose are a great option fit for anyone prone to cold feet. The combination of improved circulation and covered toes is sure to keep the feet cozy.

Open-Toe

Open-toe pressure hose are simply toeless. The fabric ends just before your toes begin. Having greater freedom of movement in the toes can feel more comfortable to some wearers. They also make it easier to wear sandals during warm weather or to show off your pedicure.

Man running while wearing compression leg sleeves

Sleeves

A pressure sleeve is a footless compression sock. Sleeves offer coverage from the ankle to the knee, focusing pressure application on the calves. Athletes wear pressure sleeves after workouts to help improve blood flow to muscles as a mode of pain prevention. Another healthy option is to wear them during normal daily tasks to boost circulation and speed up recovery. They’re not a magic pill, but they do help.

Compression Fabrics come in Different Compression Levels

Compression Levels Chart 8-15 mmHg 15-20 mmHg 20-30 mmHg 30-40 mmHg

You will often encounter the following four compression ranges. To get the most out of your socks, consult your physician for help in choosing the very best compression level for your condition.

8-15 mmHg, Mild Compression

Mild is still strong enough to prevent spider veins and leg bulges. This may be an ideal level if you sit or stand all day at work. Not very commonly sold at the store, since more people are looking for more strength.

15-20 mmHg, Moderate Compression

Moderate compression is ideal for travelers, pilots or anyone who must sit for long chunks of time. It can prevent serious conditions such as DVT or ward off the discomfort of minor edema. Not as commonly sold at the store.

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20-30 mmHg, Firm Compression

This is the most commonly sold level at the store. Firm can be used during pregnancy to keep varicose veins from forming and to manage puffiness in the legs. Wear this pressure rating if you suffer from orthostatic hypotension to end the dizziness that can accompany this disorder. Your doctor may also recommend you wear 20-30 mmHg compression hose after sclerotherapy.

30-40 mmHg, Extra Firm Compression

Extra firm can be used to manage post-thrombotic syndrome, venous ulcers and to prevent DVT in those prone to blood clots. Since this is a higher pressure rating, you may need to get a prescription from your family doctor. These are almost never sold at the store and should be used with extreme care.

Lengths of Compression Stockings

Black Compression Tights

You will have the option to choose from several lengths as you shop for pressure hosiery. The length you find the most comfortable, effective or stylish may be the best option for you. Shop around from store to store to see what you like. However, if you have a medical diagnosis your doctor may recommend a specific length for you.

Full-Coverage Compression Tights

Full-coverage tights or pantyhose cover the pelvis down to the toes. The women’s version is usually made of a thinner hosiery material, allowing the compression pantyhose to replace a regular non-compressive sheer pantyhose.

A men’s version is available with a design similar to chaps or a belted waist.

Black Thigh High Compression Socks

Thigh-High Socks

Thigh-high hose may end mid-thigh or go up to just below the pelvis. Some wearers find these easier to wear than full-coverage tights since they allow for more airflow and do not need to be pulled down during restroom use.

Thigh-highs are essential for managing varicose veins or venous ulcers above the knees.

Knee High Compression Socks

Knee-High Socks

This length is the most popular of the compression wear options.

You can find them in open-toe, closed-toe and footless styles. ComproGear offers a range of select knee-high versions that can be worn during travel, at work, at home or during workouts.

If you have a history of blood clots, knee-high socks can be a great medication-free way to prevent thrombosis.

Black Ankle Compression Socks

Ankle Socks

An ankle compression sock is a short version that ends just below or just above the ankle bone. These are comfy and can be simpler to pull on than a longer compression sock. Note that they may not offer all the same benefits as knee-high or thigh-high, though, since they only cover the foot. Ankle socks are a nice option for athletes. If you do have a medical diagnosis, choosing a longer version will be ideal.

Why Are 20-30mmHG Knee-High Pressure Socks the Most Popular?

ComproGear specializes in knee-high 20-30 mmHg versions because they are the most versatile and most commonly sold. They provide firm enough pressure to manage moderately advanced medical conditions, yet no prescription is needed to buy them. Extra-firm can be less comfortable, but 20-30 mmHg is easily tolerated by most wearers.

White pressure garments for the feet, ankles, and calves

As you begin your search for a great brand of pressure socks, look for fabrics with a combination of nylon and elastane. ComproGear brand are made of this trustworthy combo of materials as they allow for both stretch and strength.

Nearly everyone can find a reason to wear a knee-high compression sock in the 20-30 mmHg range: athletes, seniors, working men, mothers-to-be, office employees, nurses, etc. If you don’t know where to start, a 20-30 mmHg compression sock is a safe bet.

ComproGear is focused on providing each customer with the best fit. Size small, medium, large and extra large are available for you to choose from. Find your size by lining up your shoe size and your calf measurement on the ComproGear size chart.

Compression wear is no longer just beige. At ComproGear, we want to give you multiple options that can be mixed and matched with your personal style. Ours come in a variety of unique patterns and rich colors: Savory Chevrons, Sunset Stripes, Red Wine, Mountain Blue and Onyx Black.

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Who Should Wear Compression Stockings?

There are benefits for nearly anyone when it comes to wearing compression hosiery. Compression wear is worn for both medical and non-medical reasons by:

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  • Runners.
  • Busy moms.
  • Weight lifters. (We suggest using a posture corrector to perfect your lifting form and prevent injury.)
  • Frequent fliers.
  • Pregnant women. (Make sure you’re taking your Prenatal DHA pill too.)
  • Yoga practitioners.
  • Professional athletes.
  • Anyone with a desk job. (It can help to get a pull up bar and use it throughout the day.)
  • Trades and construction workers.
  • Those recovering from venous ulcers.
  • Patients who are prone to blood clots.
  • Those with hypotension and dizziness.
  • Women who are prone to varicose veins.
  • Nurses and medical staff that are on their feet all day.

How Long Should You Wear Them?

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Isn’t sleep just the best! Just remember not to wear compression socks when you sleep.

Unless otherwise instructed by a physician, you should remove your compression wear before you go to bed. Most cause decreased circulation if worn all night as you sleep. This may exasperate your symptoms instead of helping your condition.

Only some types of compression wear are safe to be worn all through the night. For example, TED hose is a type of compression wear that has a very low pressure gradient, making it safe to be worn for many hours while immobile.

You can get the best results from your pressure garments by wearing them all day, morning to evening. Put them on when you first wake up and remove them before sleeping. A great tip to keep in mind is to put your socks on first thing in the morning before any calf size increases have occurred. This makes the donning process easier.

You must also remove your compression wear before showers and baths. Afterwards, allow for your skin to fully dry before putting your pressure hose back on. If you find that your skin is sticking to the sock fabric, dust your legs with talc powder before putting them on.

How to Wash and Dry

It’s easy to take care of your compression wear. Try to wash your socks or stockings each day and put on a fresh pair the next morning. If you own a few sets of pressure garments, you’ll always have a fresh pair to put on. This will also prevent you from missing a day.

Follow these simple steps when washing your hosiery:

How to Wash and Dry Compression Socks
  1. Soak the garment in cool water with mild soap, gently squeezing the fabric over and over like a sponge. Do not twist or stretch the fabric when it is wet.
  2. Squeeze the garment to remove any excess water. Do not wring or stretch the fabric when damp.
  3. Hang the garments or lay them out to air dry overnight. Do not put it on a heater or run them through a drying machine as this will damage the fabric.
  4. Don’t forget to wash yourself! (Use a good quality loofah and some hypoallergenic soap to remove any dead skin cells that built up from being in those socks all day.)

Conclusion

Brown Striped Thigh High Compression Stockings

Nearly everyone can find a reason to wear them. Wearing compression stockings comes with many perks; whether you are motivated by medical or non-medical reasons, pressure therapy can benefit you.

If you don’t know where to start, 20-30 mmHg knee high is a great option. Connect with ComproGear and try a pair of knee-highs for yourself. All customer purchases are covered by Amazon’s A to Z Buying Guarantee.

Where to Buy Compression Socks

You’re in the right place. ComproGear specializes in high-quality versions!

How high quality are these socks? We researched 230 manufacturers to partner with in the production of our socks. We got custom samples from 14 of them, and picked the 1 supplier that had high enough quality to meet our strict standards.

After a professional inspection of the final product, we partnered with hundreds of everyday people like you and me to try them on and perfect the fit.

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Compression clothing come in various shapes and forms, from compression jerseys and sleeves to compression lower back wraps and socks, but they all serve the same purpose of providing compression to a designated area on the human body. For instance, individuals who require support in improving blood circulation in their legs or feet would seek compression socks.

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Compression clothing for an active lifestyle

Active individuals may wear compression gear for training as they provide benefits such as:

  • Reducing strain on muscles,
  • Enhancing blood circulation,
  • Preventing, or delaying, muscle soreness post-workout, and
  • Improving flexibility.

A runner, for example, may experience tightness in their calves when they run. This could be a result of a number of different reasons: muscle fatigue or soreness (from previous strenuous exercise, long-distance walking, etc.); lack of stretching before the run; unequal weight distribution from improper form or poor running technique; and more.

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It is recommended that one wears compression socks during and after a run.

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When wearing compression socks, blood can be circulated faster back to the heart. The greater flow would distribute oxygen faster to the muscles during a run.

Post-exercise, lactic acid that had been generated could be removed sooner, with aid from the improved circulation, and, thus, decreasing muscle soreness.

Simply put, compression socks can help improve blood flow to the muscles and quicken one’s recovery period post-workout. This could be incredibly beneficial for muscle repair and growth, which could then lead to better performance in one’s subsequent training session.

It is important for any active individual to keep in mind that compression gear are beneficial to a certain extent; proper warm-ups, a balanced diet, and ensuring adequate rest are also needed for better results in exercise performance.

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Therapeutic Socks – Everything You Should Know about Compression Socks

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Socks are everywhere, but how often do you really think about them? Perhaps you are part of the growing population of sock lovers who has a different “flavor” sock for every occasion, but chances are you just slip on a pair in the morning and go about your day.

Yet there is a lot more to socks than meets the eye! Consider compression socks, which may become your new best friend! They aren’t just a trend. Studies have shown they can help certain populations, including pregnant women and seniors, find pain relief. Even athletes have reported improved performance when they wear compression socks.

Sound appealing? Here’s what you need to know and why you should consider adding a few pairs of compression socks to your wardrobe.

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What Are Compression Socks?

Whether you’re a runner, a pilot, a nurse, or a senior citizen, there’s a compression sock out there for you. These socks work by simply reducing the diameter of certain veins, which increases your circulation.

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If the blood in your legs isn’t flowing correctly, it can lead to some serious problems, including leg swelling, muscle cramps, tingling, numbness, and other associated pains. It can also cause varicose veins, which can lead to blood clots. Make sure you see a doctor if you have a family history of any of these conditions.

So how do compression socks address these problems? Most people first change their shoes when they encounter circulation problems. While, a properly fitting pair of kicks is critical to muscle, spinal and overall health, many patients need to do more than change their shoes.

How They Work

Obviously, your legs and your feet are the lowest parts of your body. While your heart works hard to circulate your blood, some conditions – as well as simple gravity – can cause the heart to work extra hard to draw the blood back from your lower extremities. This can cause your blood to pool in your legs, which is incredibly uncomfortable and can cause swelling, edema, numbness, and muscle pain.

Therapy socks help your blood defy gravity. Typically, compression socks are tighter at the toe, and they get looser as they go up the leg. This allows your circulation to continue flowing in a healthy and normal way.

You and your doctor should work together to decide which level of compression you will need. This will vary depending on your physical needs, activity level, and lifestyle. You will also work with your doctor to figure out which style of sock will be most effective for treating your conditions.

Who Can Wear?

Compression socks are not a simple fad. They’re a medical necessity! Senior citizens, post-surgery patients, pregnant women, and many others have been wearing them for decades. Rest assured, however, that today’s compression socks aren’t grandma socks. There are hundreds of styles of compression socks, including fashionable, cute, and professional. The type you choose is up to you. If you are looking for socks for work, consider Chevrons. You can also never go wrong with classic black.

So who is wearing compression socks? Certainly seniors will benefit from a good pair, as will post-surgery patients and pregnant women. Really, however, all can improve their health by wearing compression socks. Athletes swear by compression socks. Nurses and line workers who are on their toes all day often wear compression gear as part of their uniform. Many pilots and flight attendants love them, too. The socks will also help with unsightly varicose veins!

It’s worth repeating that you should always check with your doctor before you start wear compression socks. He or she can recommend the right socks for your unique needs.

Orthopedic Socks for Plantar Fasciitis and Peripheral Neuropathy

Socks for Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is a complicated word for a simple disorder: nerve damage. When the nerves outside your spinal cord and brain suffer damage, numbness and tingling can follow. Fortunately, compression socks can also help with the pain associated with Peripheral Neuropathy. Ask your doctor if this treatment will work for you.

Peripheral Neuropathy is best treated with both compression socks and therapeutic shoes. A podiatrist will be able to help you find the support you need.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an incredibly painful condition that affects at least two million people in the United States alone. When pressure is placed on your fascia ligament (that ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot) you’ll experience soreness and debilitating sharp pain.

If you decide to wear compression socks for your plantar fasciitis, you will likely notice pain relief within a few weeks. Again, make sure you are wearing therapeutic shoes for the best results.

Shin Splints

Athlete using compression socks during a run to prevent shin splints

If you’re an athlete, we have good news: compression socks have also been proven to help prevent shin splints. This condition is caused from inflammation in the muscles and tendons near the shin bones.

Compression gear can reduce the discomfort and pain associated with shin splints by promoting blood flow and preventing swelling and stiffness.

Wearing these socks can help you get back on your feet and running again in no time.

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Sitting for Long Stretches

Frog Sitting too long with the wrong size socks

Compression stockings are not just useful to those with medical conditions. They are also used by people who are recovering from surgery and by those who sit or lay down for long stretches of time.

When you do not walk for a long period of time, your blood circulation can be affected. If you are immobilized because of surgery, compression socks are used to keep the blood from pooling in your legs.

Dog that sat too long
I used to be a professional truck driver.

Many occupations require people to say in one position for a long period of time. Truck drivers, pilots, flight attendants, and others can benefit from these socks and the improved circulation.

Pregnant women often wear compression socks to help with their circulation—whether they are sitting or not.

Pregnancy can have a huge impact on a woman’s body and its functions. For many women, this can mean months of leg pain and swelling. Wearing compression socks can provide relief and reduce the chances of varicose vein development.

Different Levels

Note that the sock compression level is different from sock size. Compression levels determine how much pressure is put on your body. The pressure level you will use depends on your reason for wearing compression socks.

In general, compression levels range from 8 mmHg to 40 mmHg. Higher levels of compression are only available with a prescription, and it is best to talk to your healthcare professional if you are not sure which level is right for you.

Typical Compression Levels

The three most common types of compression socks are:

  • 8-15 mmHG
  • 20-30 mmHG
  • 30-40 mmHG

You may have to experiment with compression levels. The most popular level of compression is 20-30 mmHg. Socks in this range can help reduce the chances of developing varicose veins, edema during pregnancy, and other conditions.

Socks that are a blend of 65% nylon and 35% Spandex are usually a good bet because they will be comfortable and smooth against your skin. Generally speaking, these fabrics are safe even for those with sensitive skin.

Finding the Right Pair

If you think that you might need compression socks, you may be wondering how to find the right pair. Read on to find out how to pick your perfect compression sock!

Step 1: Determine the Compression Level

If you need socks for daily wear, surgery recovery, sports performance or mild symptom management, then the 20-30 mmHg is a good option. This level of compression is also ideal for treating varicose veins and swelling in the legs. These socks can also be used to prevent many conditions.

Step 2: Choose the Height

Compression socks come in various sizes and heights, including knee-high, thigh-high, and full-leg. The sock you choose will depend on the location of your swelling. If you only have problems in your feet and ankles, then a knee-high sock should suit you just fine.

Step 3: Choose Your Style

compression socks in black, red, blue, and multicolored stripes

These socks come in a variety of colors and materials. There are both men’s and women’s dress compression socks that can be worn to work. Alternatively, you can get a nylon-Spandex blend for sports and everyday wear. Having a pair that will go with everything will allow you to wear your compression socks more often.

Compression Socks and You

In the past, you probably didn’t put too much thought into your socks. It was fine as long as they fit properly and protected your feet, right? Now, however, is the time to consider getting socks that will also improve your health.

Compression socks have been used for decades, but they are growing in popularity. Whether you have a medical condition, are an athlete, or just want to improve your circulation, there’s a perfect sock out there for you. Since they are available in all sorts of styles and patterns, you are guaranteed to find find something you will love.

You deserve to put your feet up and relax at the end of a long day. Why not let compression socks help you do just that?

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Compression Socks for Nurses – Complete Guide

Nursing is one of the most stressful jobs! Nurses take great care of us when we need medical attention, but they also carry a lot of responsibilities. Not only do nurses have to deal with hurting patients, but they are also on their feet from the time they clock in until their shift is over.

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Long shifts (sometimes 12 hours or more!) can cause leg cramps; muscle fatigue; and tired, achy, sore, swollen calves, ankles and feet. The time they spend on their feet also puts nurses at a high risk of developing varicose veins in their calves and legs (along with many other chronic conditions.)

Fortunately, a growing number of nurses have discovered that compression socks can improve circulation, decrease swelling, prevent varicose veins and make their feet, ankles and legs feel great.

What Are Compression Socks?

Picture of high quality graduated knee high 30 mmmHg clothing that are designed to improve blood circulation

Compression socks are specially designed socks do what they sound like–they “compress” the legs. Putting pressure on the legs has been shown to improve blood circulation, help relieve foot stress, prevent certain health issues and minimize the impact venous disorders can have on the bodies of nurses who spend a lot of time on their feet.

These specially designed socks were created to treat medical conditions and have become essential for nurses, athletes and the elderly for whom proper blood circulation is very important.

The best compression socks for nurses are a part of the uniform! They protect their long-term health, enhance comfort, and look great.

Why Do Nurses Wear Compression Socks?

Nurses who are on their feet for long hours and don’t wear compression socks run the risk of developing serious blood circulation problems, swollen ankles and sore feet. Plus, as compression socks can help reduce fatigue, they can also give nurses that added boost they need to finish a long shift when they are tired.

Compression socks can help to massage the calves, ankles, and feet and help to make the legs feel much more comfortable. These socks can help their tired feet to recover faster and reduce the amount of pain nurses have to endure day after day. And because they promote better circulation, some people feel they enhance oxygen levels in the blood which helps nurses to have more energy and stamina.

Nurses who stand for long periods are more susceptible to varicose veins. The benefits of compression socks are that you can help prevent veins in the legs from becoming enlarged resulting in varicose veins.

In addition, Nurses whose legs swell during or after their workday can help prevent potentially dangerous problems, keep the swelling at bay and help to keep their legs, ankles, and feet healthy by wearing compression socks.

Over the course of a career, compression socks can make a dramatic difference to a nurse’s health! These socks are a simple, affordable and effective solution to many health problems without being at all invasive.

How Compression Socks Work

Compression socks for nursing professionals work by squeezing the tissue in the legs and helping the blood easier fight against gravity and make its way back to the heart. As nurses get older, the walls of their veins begin to get weaker. This inhibits circulation, hinders the blood from flowing freely and can lead to blood pooling in the legs and lower extremities.

In addition, the squeezing on the legs can help to reduce the pooling of fluid that can often happen in the feet and ankles when people spend a great deal of time on their feet. Compression socks fight against gravity to keep fluid from gathering at the feet and this reduces pain, swelling and discomfort.

Compression socks work with the circulatory system to create a pulse-like action that prevents pooling and enhances circulation. They hold the calves, ankles and feet tightly enough to provide the support they need to help prevent them from becoming inflamed and suffering blood clotting.

Levels Of Graduated Compression

Compression socks for nurses come in different levels of pressure and the one you use will depend on your specific needs. Compression levels are measured in millimeters of Mercury (or “mmHg”) – the same type of measurements used in devices for assessing blood pressure.

Compression levels of the socks, stockings, and sleeves range from 15-20 mmHg to 40-50 mmHg or sometimes higher in extreme cases.

Light

  • 8-15mmHg – This level of compression is the lowest and is typically sold over the counter. It can be used for light support when traveling.

Medium

  • 15-20 mmHG – This level of compression is suitable for daily wear and improves circulation without being too tight. These can typically be purchased over the counter at your pharmacy or online, without a prescription.

Class I Firm

  • 20-30 mmHG – Socks with mid-level compression are ideal for people nurses who have swollen legs or varicose veins, as well as for athletes and others who need a mid-range level of compression. Your doctor may need to write you a prescription for these socks.

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Class II Firm

  • 30-40 mmHg – For nurses or others who have moderate to severe symptoms of lymphedema, edema, blood clots, and severe varicose veins, the 30-40 mmHg compression level is the best choice. For certain conditions, doctors may prescribe an even higher level, but this is rare.

How to Wear Compression Socks Correctly

For nurses to get the most out of compression socks, stocking and sleeves, they have to use them correctly.

Smoothness. This means making sure they are not wrinkled or cuffed when they are worn, so they can be as effective as possible. Cuffs or wrinkles could cause problems with rubbing or chafing the skin underneath the socks, while possibly cutting off circulation.

Fit. In order to work effectively, compression socks need to be the right size! When purchasing compression socks, it is important that nurses get their calves, ankles, and feet accurately measured to ensure the support sock they purchase is the right size.

Timing. To get the most out of your compression socks, you need to put them on first thing in the morning. This helps to minimize the negative effects that gravity can have on your legs and keeps them in tip-top shape all day long. Keep your compression socks on until bedtime. Or at least until you can get home and put your feet up!

There are a number of excellent reasons nurses should wear compression socks. If their legs feel fatigued after working long hours, compression socks can help alleviate the tiredness and add a spring to their step.

Compression Socks, Tights And Stockings

When it comes to compression socks, there are several options from which nurses and other people can choose to get the most benefits. Some nurses have found that the options of knee-high, thigh-high and full-length compression stockings are very effective as well, depending on their health issue and why they are wearing them.

Nurses with painful calves often opt for knee-high compression sock. For nurses who want to promote better blood circulation throughout their entire legs, thigh-high compression stockings are an excellent choice. When they want a compression garment that provides support and prevents swelling through the entire leg, hip and stomach area, waist-high compression pantyhose are what many nurses choose.

Compression Socks Prevent and Treat Many Health Issues

Compression stockings do a lot more than soothe and relax tired feet, help stop pain and swelling and prevent varicose veins! Compression socks were designed to treat and prevent many types of medical conditions. Compression socks, stockings, and sleeves have been prescribed by doctors to prevent and treat conditions like blood clots, pulmonary embolisms and more.

People who are pregnant, have heart defects, cardiovascular disease, a high risk of stroke, diabetes, edema or lymphedema or who recently had surgery can get many benefits from wearing compression socks, stocking and sleeves on their legs.

Compression Sock Styles

20 and 30 mmHg graduated compression knee high sock styles that are meant to improve blood circulation

If you’re thinking that compression socks for nurses only come in that standard white or beige, think again! Support socks for nurses are available in several different styles and colors to match your uniform, scrubs or whatever you’re wearing!

The most common style is still opaque compression socks. Suitable for both male and female nurses, the opaque compression socks are comfortable, strong, durable and attractive. Sheer compression socks are also a popular choice because they are lightweight, transparent, fashionable and look great.

Compression socks made of sports grade materials are also available. Made by a high-tech combination of wool, cotton and synthetic materials, these compression socks are durable, effective, long-lasting and come with a moisture wicking feature. Some brands come in wide calf varieties as well.

Support Medical Hose

Some nurses prefer to wear this type of compression garment with their uniforms because they feel it gives them a more professional look while providing the support and compression they need.

You can see nurses wearing compression socks in all types of medical facilities from small, community clinics and doctor’s offices to large, regional medical centers.

Many nurses love these upgraded socks because they are comfortable, effective and look great with their uniforms.

Plus, doctors, co-workers and patients cannot tell them apart from any other type of stockings or socks, so the nurses reason for wearing them remains private and confidential. No one even needs to know that you’re wearing compression socks if you don’t want them to know. They’re just that great looking!

A Well-Kept Secret

The widespread use of nursing compression socks in medical facilities nationwide is a well-kept secret among nurses! It’s something they discuss and share with each other because they know the pressures spending so many hours on their feet tending to the needs of patients can put on the legs, ankles and feet.

For older nurses, wearing support compression socks, stockings and sleeves is something that can protect their health and prolong their careers. Many young nurses who have tired feet and sore calves or legs are pulled to the side by an older co-worker and let in on the secret to keeping their legs comfortable and healthy!

In fact, when it comes to the use of compression socks, most experienced nurses feel it’s a necessity if you want to have a long and healthy future in the profession. Nurses have been using compression socks to massage the tiredness out of their legs and keep their blood flowing properly since the garments were introduced in the United States in the 1960s.

While doctors were encouraging patients to use compression socks and support stockings to prevent blood clots, inflammation and swelling in their legs and other health problems, nurses began adopting the garments as part of their own preventative and healing therapy as well.

Choosing The Right Knee High Compression Socks

Wearing support compression socks is a great way for nurses to prevent serious health issues, make it easier to perform their daily duties and prevent pain, swelling and stiffness in their calves, ankles and feet by the time their shift is over.

The key to getting the most compression sock benefits is choosing the right pair. There are so many types of compression garments, deciding on the best one can be a challenge.

The best compression socks use every day must be comfortable, soft, lightweight and stylish, fit perfectly, not be too tight or too loose on the calf, be properly reinforced and made of the perfect blend of breathable nylon, spandex, or other durable fabrics.

The ideal pair won’t roll down or constrict the toes, will be durable, moderately thick, have the right level of compression and be suitable for treating and preventing fatigue, swelling, varicose veins and many other serious conditions.

Being affordably priced is the final element that makes a pair of compression socks perfect for any nurse.

If you’re a nurse who is interested in purchasing compression socks but you don’t even have time to get to the store, consider the purchase of compression socks online and have them delivered right to your home! When you work with a company that has your best interest in mind, they’ll offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their compression socks, so you just can’t go wrong!

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Compression Socks for Running – Should You Wear Them?

The Importance of Athletic Compression Socks for Training and Fitness

Blood Flow during exercise
Blood Flow During Exercise

An understanding of the basics of blood flow is vital to understanding the importance of compression socks and compression sleeves for athletes.

Your heart is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood to your muscles and limbs by way of the arteries. Once your cells absorb the nutrients and oxygen, the blood is sent back to your heart through the veins.

Before the cycle starts again, however, the lungs must replenish the oxygen and nutrients in your blood. This entire process is of critical importance for athletic performance.

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Running with Medical Compression Socks and Sleeves

Medical compression therapy keeps your body in alignment, decreases your exercise recovery time, prevents you from wasting energy, and improves your training efficiency and performance.

graduated athletic hosiery and their effect on performance

Athletic compression socks apply graduated pressure that is tighter at the angles and less tight at the knee. This type of pressure is a key component of reported performance benefits.

therapeutic pressure boosts athletic performance

The compression on the leg’s surface veins, muscles, and arteries enables the blood to circulate through smaller circulatory veins. This means that blood can return to the heart more quickly, decreasing the chances of it pooling in the feet. It also aids in the elimination of lactic acid.

Wearing support medical sleeves or socks helps blood circulate better throughout the legs. Better circulation increases cellular oxygen, which improves cell function. This results in superior training and recovery for runners.

Compression Socks Help with Injury and Recovery

major benefits of medical hosiery for athletes

The Science of Running claims that one of the reasons compression socks provide a major athletic performance boost is that they decrease muscle vibration during a run. This can both increase leg power and reduce the post-workout soreness.

Another important benefit is that athletic compression socks reduce the risk of shin splints. If you have ever had shin splints, then you already know all about the aching pain they send up your calves every time you run. It can feel like they take a lifetime to heal!

Perhaps you have heard that the best treatments for shin splints are elevating the legs, applying ice, resting, and not running until your body had fully healed. What many people do not realize, however, is that the right compression stockings can also help to speed up that long recovery process!

Since they provide stability and support for your lower leg, compression stockings help to alleviate the bone and muscle strain caused by shin splints. While it is not a magical cure, this added step in recovery can get you back to your favorite athletic activities more quickly.

A full sock is preferable to a sleeve for shin splint recovery because the arch support will provide additional pain relief.

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How to Choose the Best Medical Compression Socks for Training

Since everyone’s legs are different, medical running socks come in different sizes and compression levels to match calf and foot measurements. They are available in both men’s and women’s styles.

The level of compression that you need depends on numerous factors, including the size, style, and material of the stockings.

Your personal preferences also play a role. It is important to remember, however, that you do not want to wear medical running gear that is too tight. This can actually make blood circulation worse and injury recovery longer.

Support Levels in athletic hosiery for exercising 8-15 mmHG, 15-20 mmHG, 20-30 mmHG, 30-40 mmHG

Good compression socks are composed of both fibers and rubber, which gives them a firmer feel than traditional socks. They are most commonly 20% spandex and 80% nylon.

Although both women’s and men’s running medical compression stockings are available in different lengths, the best compression socks for running should rise to just below your knees.

You will need to choose the correct level of pressure, which is measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg. The lower the number, the milder the compression.

Properly fitted socks should feel snug but not painfully tight. Although personal preference plays a role in selecting a compression level, an improperly fitted sock will cause pain or be ineffective. Most runners prefer a sock with a pressure of 20-30 mmHg.

It is also important that your compression socks are the right size and length. This is done by measuring the calves. Also, be sure to choose a fabric and texture that feels comfortable.

You will need to select different pairs of compression socks for warmer and cooler weather. Fortunately, compression socks come in a wide variety of materials including cotton, wool, spandex, nylon, polyester, and lycra.

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How to Put on Compression Socks

using a donning device to apply your athletic hosiery

Most of the medical gear for activity, fitness, cycling, and recovery use graduated medical compression.

This means they are tighter at your ankle and less tight at your knee. Unfortunately, while this helps circulation, it can also make them difficult to put on. For best results, smooth out socks carefully to eliminate any bunching.

Many people roll down socks that are too long. When you are wearing compression socks, however, that is equivalent to putting a tourniquet on your leg. You will restrict your blood flow and injure yourself, especially during intense activity, such as a 5k or 10k race, a marathon, or a cycling event. Save yourself the risk by getting socks that are the correct length.

Running Socks – Why Should You Add Compression?

There are many benefits to including compression gear, including:

why you should wear them (Runner out for a Training Run in a pair of pink compression socks)
  • Enhanced Oxygen Delivery: One of the most critical aspects of your performance is ensuring there is enough blood-rich oxygen flowing to your muscles every time you go on a run.
    One of the worst experiences for marathon, 5k, or 10k runners is losing calf muscle strength before the finish line. High-quality compression socks are critical for ensuring your legs have optimal oxygen delivery for the entire race.
    The entire purpose of a good compression sock is to provide compression gradually. This means they must be looser on the top and tighter at the bottom. This graduation is what ensures proper circulation.
  • Less Impact from Gravity: Another benefit of compression socks is that they help your legs fight off the impact of gravity when your blood returns to your heart. The stockings create pressure that helps to push fluid up your legs. The increased blood flow creates a steady supply of essential oxygen and nutrients for your legs when you most need it.
  • Prevention of Swelling and Cramps: The most common reason for calf muscle fatigue is excess movement. The pressure from compression socks decreases this movement to help keep you energized.
    Consequently, wearing good compression socks can also reduce the amount of effort required of your legs. When your muscles are not working quite as hard, the impact of fatigue is effectively reduced.
    Furthermore, medical compression socks can help control leg, ankle, and foot swelling. As the socks squeeze all of these areas, they prevent fluid buildup.
  • Decreased Lactic Acid: Every time you exercise or run, your body produces a waste produce called lactic acid. If you allow the lactic acid to remain in your muscles, you are going to be extremely sore when you wake up the next morning. Most runners are all too familiar with this problem.
    The good news is that the constriction of compression socks can reduce this soreness and help to prevent it from happening in the first place. There’s no need to put off that five-mile run you had been looking forward to!
  • Enhanced Blood Flow: Proper compression narrows your veins, which increases blood flow. Your blood will reach your heart more quickly, and lactic acid will be removed more quickly. If you are competing in a marathon, this is absolutely critical.
  • Leg Protection: Compression stockings protect your legs from abrasions and small scratches. If there is poison ivy on your running trail, you will not need to worry. Additionally, any dirt or mud kicked up during your run will collect on your socks instead of your legs.
  • Warmth: A lot of runners are more comfortable wearing shorts. When the weather is warmer, this is an excellent option. It can sometimes cause problems for runners in cooler weather, however, especially for those who do not like to wear tights.
    Yet, it is still important that the muscles in your legs stay warm to prevent muscle strain. In addition, heat can relax tight muscles and aid in the removal of lactic acid. Wearing compression socks can help to keep your legs warm, even in the coldest months.

Wearing Compression Run Socks to Help with Training and Recovery from an Intense Activity

Marathon Runner

Serious athletes are always looking for new ways to improve their performance and hone their skills. Though compression socks provide numerous benefits, the idea is still new to many runners.


In the past, compression socks were mainly used in the medical field. They have been prescribed for decades to prevent and treat circulatory system issues and vein diseases. They are often used by those who have limited mobility or who are confined to bed.

Research is being done on the effects of compression for runners and other athletes, and the effects of compression on both recovery and performance have been studied in numerous trials already. New evidence has shown that using compression can be just as effective for running as it is for recovery after vein or leg surgery.

Studies of Athletic Compression Gear

There are a lot of well-known runners who swear by the benefits of compression socks, including the former record holder for the American 10,000 meters, Chris Solinsky. Other top runners such as the latest women’s marathon record holder, Paula Radcliffe, along with four-time Olympian, Jo Pavey, and the Australian long-distance runner, Benitta Johnson never go without them.

Studies have been conducted in both laboratory and field settings to test the effects of athletic compression gear. The trials tested different variables, including the type of sock used, the material of the sock, the distance of the run, and the fitness level of the participants. None of the studies showed negative results. Some even showed a positive correlation between athletic performance and compression.

Studies of Compression Stockings and Their Effect on Athletic Performance

The majority of studies conducted using real athletes as the participants have found performance benefits directly linked to compression. When all of the studies are considered, the results generally agree that compression stockings offer benefits for recovery.

Study of the Effect of athletic Socks on Recovery of Male and Female Athletes after a hard training run

Although studies do not agree on the reason, most found that muscle fatigue and soreness were decreased by using compression. Compression gear also provided quicker lactate recovery. In addition, the only point every single study agreed on was that the compression must be graduated to provide many benefits for the athlete. The compression should be strongest at the ankle, and pressure should decrease as the height of the sock increases.

Many athletes strongly believe that compression socks boost their performance and recovery speed. It is becoming more popular as more people report how it has helped with their calf strain and soreness.

So, will compression help with your run? The answer is “yes!”

Just remember that consistency is key if you really want to benefit from compression socks. This means you need to wear them every time you go for a run. This is the best way to ensure a speedy recovery.

No Adverse Effects from Compression Have Been Reported

Black Mens Compression Socks on a Runner

Compression socks may provide you with the competitive edge you have been looking for.

If you are interested in improving your performance when you run, there is no reason not to give them a try.

Make certain you purchase the proper stockings size and length based on your specific measurements, then see what kind of difference it makes.

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