Think compression socks are ugly, uncomfortable and just for your grandparents? Think again! While this type of sock was originally used in a medical setting to help with healing, compression garments are becoming increasingly popular with athletes. Many compression stocking manufacturers claim compression clothing increases muscle power and stamina and speed muscle recovery.
The socks apply pressure to the leg, compressing and helping support tissue. This increase in pressure can help improve circulation, aid with leg heaviness or throbbing from varicose veins, and prevent leg and ankle swelling. When used correctly in these situations, research suggests compression gear can be very effective.
There’s also verification that these garments improve after workout recovery by helping to speed muscle recovery. Worn after exercise, that extra squeeze has also been shown to reduce the onset of muscle soreness.
Here are the benefits of wearing Athletic Compression Socks:
- Reduces exercise induced muscle damage
- Less loss of muscle strength
- Limits swelling (edema)
- Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness
- Decreased loss of joint range of motion
- Quicker recovery
- Possible increased performance
Another plus, we carry athletic compression socks that are comfortable, attractive and come in a variety of colors. Footless socks (calf sleeves) are available which are a good option for summer. They are designed to give and bend without obstructing movement. They provide the same benefits of traditional compression garments without the medical feel many of our patients want to avoid.
If you’re interested in giving them a try, contact our office for more information.