Why Knee High Compression Socks Are Runners’ Must Have
A study by Gustavo R Mota of the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro revealed that wearing compression socks during exercise improves athletic performance*. Although there is more research underway, it is increasingly becoming clear that compression socks provide more benefits, and this has also been indicated by the increasing trend in the use of compression socks.
Before we go any further, what are compression socks?
Compression socks were invented by a German engineer Conrad Jobset in 1950. Conrad Jobset suffered from varicose veins and discovered when worn, compression socks created pressure on the muscles and veins which prevented edema.
The pressure on the muscles reduces the diameter of the veins by increasing blood flow in the body. The blood also flows up to the heart which ensures that the body has enough supply of oxygen. Additionally, by helping the blood flow towards the heart, the socks then prevent the blood from flowing downward, which may lead to swelling or fluid build-up.
Now that you know the basics, let’s get right into it.
Benefits of Using Compression Socks
Besides relieving varicose veins, compression socks can be used during pregnancy if one is at risk of experiencing veins to swell. Some patients can also use these socks to prevent blood clots after surgery or during bedrest.
Another great benefit of wearing knee high compression socks is improved sports performance. By exerting adequate pressure on the muscles and veins, the knee high compression socks:
- Prevent tissue damage
- Prevent jarring
- Increase joint awareness and strength
- Improve oxygen and blood circulation, increasing one’s stamina when running
- Can delay the onset of muscles soreness for up to a day after a run or workout session
To avoid any damage on the body tissues, it is important to choose the right pair of knee high compression socks, some features to help you include:1) Decide on the level of compression. These levels range between 8 to 40mmHg.
- Low from 8 to 15mmHg,
- Medium from 15 to 20mmHg
- High from 20 to 30mmHg
- Extra high/firm from 30 to 40mmHg
The compression degree you need depends on how much support you require and your exercise routine. Most athletes use the medium level compression of between 15 to 20mmHg.
The different levels work for different settings. For instance, if you easily get sore after a run or work out session, then use the low compression socks. If you are taking part in a marathon or a long run, then use the medium compression socks.
The high level compression socks are best if you are trying to protect a weak area, high compression socks are also a great fit if you experience varicose veins. If you experience blood clots, severe varicose veins or swelling after a run, then use the extra high compression socks.
2) Find a suitable material
There are three types of compression socks materials. First on the list is the sheer compression socks fabric. These socks are lightweight and can sometimes be used as a fashion accessories, thus not suitable for sports as they don’t manage sweat efficiently.
There are also opaque compression socks, although they are durable and easy to wear. Opaque compression socks are most suitable to use after a surgery.
For sportswear socks, select socks made from a high blend of elastane and fibers helping with sweat management such as what Caliloko offers. This not only makes the socks comfortable, but they are also durable.
You are now ready to try out compression socks and remember, they are not only great for runners, but can also be used during workouts at your house or gym.
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