What are the benefits of compression socks for runner?
When you’re a serious athlete, no matter what type of sports you’re into, it’s obvious that you’re interested in ways to improve both your skills and improve performance, and your comfort. Something relatively new to the runners’ scene is the use of compression socks, which come with the benefit of treating and preventing vein disease and other circulatory system conditions. Now let’s see how exactly they offer this support.
What are and who needs to wear compression socks?
Compression socks are part of a specially designed group of hosiery created to help prevent the occurrence or progression of certain venous disorders, especially thrombosis. They’re made from a user-friendly fabric that incorporate elastic fibers and rubber but are firmer than your normal everyday socks.
Put simply, they work by squeezing your legs… in a good way. Just like a water pump pushing water through a network of narrower pipework. The pressure applied on your legs will make the blood vessels work better.
As a runner, you may choose to wear compression socks while training and racing, or after a run.
You’re a good candidate for wearing compression socks if you’ve just had surgery, if you have a history or risk for circulation problems, like deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, or diabetes, if you’re just picking up running again after a long break.
Other people that would benefit from wearing compression socks include pregnant women, the elderly, athletes in general, people who stand at work for long hours daily, bedridden people, people that find it difficult to move their legs, airline pilots and so on.
The advantages of running compression socks
- Limit swelling in your feet and ankles
- Offer relief from aching tired feet
- They keep legs warm and help prevent muscle strain
- They help professional athletes have shorter recovery time after participating in major events Relieve Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
- They offer protection in some woody or grassy trails and areasProtection. If your route includes woody areas and grassy trails, they will protect your legs from minor cuts and scratches and contact with dangerous plants like poison ivy.
Overall, compression socks support the arteries by taking oxygen-rich blood to your muscles to do their job. The veins also get a push getting blood back to your heart. And once your blood is moving well, chances of pooling and forming clots in the veins of your feet or anywhere else reduce.