The basics about compression socks
I’ve always been asked why I wear compression socks; hopefully these questions/answers help.
Do they Work? You can google compression socks and read all about the debate on why they work or why they don’t work. This is how I became a believer.
A few years ago I had a nasty calf strain that was not going away. I tried stretching, foam rolling, AR therapy. You name it, I tried it. At the time compression socks were just hitting the market, so I looked at them as a gimmick/fad. At $50 a pair I wanted to do some research, however no one gave me the warm and fuzzy feeling I was hoping for. I decided to try them anyway. After about 5 days of wearing them the pain had subsided and within 2 weeks it was gone. Even though some reports show the benefits may be more in my head than my legs, I don’t care, I’ll take it. I’ve been wearing them even since and have recommended them to some clients who have had the same positive outcome.
Who can benefit from compression socks? Everyone can benefit from wearing compression socks. Athletes wear compression socks to reduce muscle fatigue. The same goes for people that sit all day or stand all day. The compression provided helps keep legs from feeling heavy and feet from swelling. Even pregnant women can wear them to help prevent swelling. I’ve also worn them on long flights.
What do they do? Compression socks can help improve circulation, reduce recovery time, decrease soreness and improve performance. These are all the things that will help you kick ass and take names. However, just because you put on a pair does not mean you will magically start running 6 min miles.
When should you use them? They can be used every day, all day. I wouldn’t sleep with them, I tried it once and it didn’t feel right. If you can’t wear them at work, maybe try putting them on for a few hours before you go to bed.
Make sure you get the right size. Some companies go by calf size, so read the back of the box for sizing. If they feel uncomfortable, your legs throb or it seems like your cutting off circulation get a bigger size.