Formerly known as a (not very attractive) accessory of a longer hospital stay, compression socks have been making their way onto plenty of runners and long-haul travellers lately.
The snug-fitting, knee-high socks have been shown in several studies to improve circulation and blood flow, supply muscles with more oxygen and therefore help relieve the symptoms of heavy legs, leg pain, swollen feet and ankles.
Technologically advanced, the tight socks compress the veins on the surface of the leg, as well as arteries and muscles so the blood that is circulated through the legs must travel through smaller circulatory channels. Blood gets back to your heart faster, making it less likely to pool in your feet.
By runners compression socks are used in attempt to recover from hard workouts and races as quickly as possible. Some wear them while training and racing, others use them after a run for recovery. And especially among ultrarunners compression socks are notably popular.
For athletes, compression socks are designed to reduce swelling, muscle soreness and muscle fatigue experienced post exercise. They aid athletic performance by improving circulation and blood flow, limiting exercise induced peripheral edema of the lower extremity, supplying muscles with more oxygen, enhancing lactic acid removal, or decreased muscle soreness during and post exercise. According to competitor.com, compression socks show the most benefit to runners when they are sitting. Blood tends to pool in the feet while stationary, so the gentle pressure applied on the blood vessels in the calf prevents the blood to accumulate in the lower legs.
Also when it comes to long-haul journeys, compression socks have become indispensable for the carry-on luggage. More and more people are travelling long distances, both professionally and privately, and are stuck in their seats for long periods of time. When movement is restricted, the blood circulation in the legs is disturbed. This situation can lead to several common symptoms such as heavy legs, leg pain, swollen feet and ankles, generally known as ‚Economy Class Syndrome‘.
Long-term sitting without moving for more than 4 hours – if it’s an airplane seat, a car or even a desk – is also a major risk factor for development of phlebitis (vein inflammation) and thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially dangerous type of blood clot that develops in the deep veins of the legs, torso, or arm. These clots can grow, break off, and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and cause a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism. And a DVT can happen to anyone, regardless of age, weight, or lifestyle.
Wearing compression socks during long-haul flights may reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs by more than 12 times, studies show. And it’s a simple and comfortable way to help relieve the symptoms of heavy legs, leg pain, swollen feet and ankles, or in the worst case thrombosis as well.
Compression socks may look a bit awkward, but they can provide real benefit for running and between runs. And they are a necessity for an eight-hour day at a desk or a long plane flight.
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