all compression garments are like religion. you have to really believe in them or they wont work for you.
1 2 3 green wrote:
Personally I think the improved performance claims are bogus. It's possible they help a bit with recovery, but probably not enough to bother with.
Their real benefit for me is helping with calf and achilles pain. I am a forefoot runner and I deal with chronic calf tightness. Which in turn results in knots, achilles problems, plantar fasciitis, etc. When I wear them while running I can tell a marked difference in calf soreness and tightness the next day. Particularly after faster paced workouts. It might have something to do with the reduction in muscle vibration as mentioned above.
agree. The main purpose of compression socks is that it helps to remove blood and fluids from the legs, thereby helping blood circulation. They cling to the ankle and gradually reduce the pressure towards the top of the sock, creating a "pressure gradient" that produces better venous pressure and prevents swelling and fatigue from increasing. Therefore, it is important to choose the degree of compression that is right for you.
Dirt free wrote:
The biggest benefit I've found from wearing compression socks is less muddy legs trail running and I think it's saved me from a few encounters with poison oak. Not sure about the rest of the benefits
Yes, in addition to preventing varicose veins and reducing muscle soreness, these compression socks protect the legs from external injuries and provide warmth. That's one of the reasons I like wearing them in the wild.