Sock it to me wrote:
Mid-50s and running a half marathon in a few weeks. Strained my soleus and am coming back slowly--3 miles easy today. Would compression socks actually help minimize the risk of hurting myself again? I know, I know, I could post this question on the Runner's World forum while shopping for a fuel belt. but heck, Solinsky broke 27:00 wearing them--what was his main reason for them?
There are two kinds of compression socks: active and recovery.
The difference : active are tighter around the calves to supposedly reduce achiness by easing blood flow, recovery are tighter around the ankles and improve the blood flow back to the heart.
Compression socks do work for recovery but you would rather get these at the druggists. From what I know, it's a matter of believe for active socks. At best it's a substitute for a real time light massage but if they feel comfy they can't hurt.
I'd be glad to learn about some new scientific breakthrough.