Tips for Using Compression Socks in Your Workout

by Head Health Nutter on October 7, 2015

I’ve only heard of compression socks because my mom has diabetes and her doctor recommended them for her. Today’s guest blogger, Brooke Chaplan, shares with us how and why compression socks are a good idea for almost everyone who’s living a healthy lifestyle.

Compression socks or stockings have long been used in different medical circumstances and by hospitals as individuals recover from surgery. According to an Ivein Treatment Center which specializes in vein surgery in Utah, they have been lauded for their ability to decrease swelling and to return blood to the heart by increasing the movement of the venous and lymphatic systems.

They have recently also become popular in the athletics world as runners especially use them while exercising. These tips can help you use them safely and effectively in your workout.

Tips for Using Compression Socks in Your Workout Use Them for Comfort
Many people find that wearing compression socks is quite comfortable. They provide a pleasing sense of pressure that feels supportive for overworked legs. In order to attain this level of comfort, purchase your socks carefully. Graduated compression socks, which have the most pressure at the ankles and decreasing amounts of pressure going up the calves, are the best choice for runners. You can usually choose lightweight compression socks with 15-25 mmHg of pressure for the greatest comfort.

Use Them to Prevent Complications
Runners who have some types of underlying health conditions will certainly benefit from wearing compression socks during workouts. Those who see the greatest benefits might have varicose veins or very sluggish venous systems in their legs. Many clinics actually recommend wearing these stockings during exercise because they help to send blood in the legs back to the heart.

Use Them for Better Results
The majority of exercisers who wear compression socks, however, do it for the perceived benefits during the workout. Runners often find that they can run longer or sprint faster when wearing them, and those participating in marathons feel less muscle fatigue while running. Many athletes suffer from fewer shin splints, have better balance, and notice greater endurance while wearing them.

Use Them during Post-Workout Recovery
Because studies have shown that those who wear compression socks while running have less lactic acid in their bloodstreams following a workout, these socks can definitely decrease post-workout fatigue. Higher amounts of blood going to the leg can revitalize tired muscles and decrease soreness. Some runners choose to wear compression socks only when the workout is over to help relieve the soreness they feel later.

Although some studies show conflicting evidence, many runners insist that compression socks help them to have a better workout and reduce soreness following a run. Because results vary, it is vital for anyone to check with their doctor before donning these for workouts.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Have you tried compression socks for any reason? What do you think of them?

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