Three Reasons to Wear Compression Socks in Summer

Reasons to Wear Compression

Have you ever wondered why many active people, whether weekend hikers, marathon runners or basketball players, seem to wear compression socks?   Compression socks provide 3 great benefits when doing physical activities:

1)  Increases Blood Flow

When you do any type of physical activity, compression socks increase blood flow that allows you to warm up faster and deliver fuel more quickly to the muscles.  During recovery, increased blood flow prevents blood and metabolic waste from pooling in the muscles and helps the body deliver nutrients to help refuel and repair the muscle faster.

2)  Stabilizes Leg Muscles

Wearing compression socks can limit muscle damage and soreness from activity. Running and biking for hours or making high-speed, change-of-direction movements can cause the muscles to be thrown around quite a bit. Since calf muscles are short and thin, the ‘belly’ of the muscle can oscillate, causing additional muscle and tendon damage that contributes to delayed onset muscle soreness and possible injury. Additionally, not wearing compression support can cause smaller muscles to kick in to help stabilize larger muscles, resulting in more energy used and possibly unnecessary injury. Compression socks help stabilize muscles, reducing the oscillating muscle damage and maximizing muscle efficiency.

3)  Increases Body Awareness

Increasing body awareness is very important to helping you be in the best position possible during sports like tennis. Having compression socks pressing against the nerve endings of your body’s largest organ, your skin, increases your awareness of your body in space, providing a constant stream of data to your brain. This helps improve posture, stance, agility, and stability during activity, reducing the risk of an imbalance-related injury.

How do Compression Socks Help?

“Compression socks” is a term that’s used pretty loosely – these days even the supermarket sells compression socks! The lower-quality compression socks that are available at drug stores are of generally inferior composition and tightness, not to mention improperly fit based upon shoe size. The quality compression socks that are available from medical supply stores, however, provide graduated compression. They generally cost more because of the material quality and the technical engineering that is invested in to a sock’s construction. These compression socks are fit based upon calf circumference and calf length.

Compression socks are fit based on both calf circumference and foot length. If you have bigger feet and skinny calves or shorter feet and thicker calves, compressions calf sleeves may be a better choice.

Whichever style you choose, compression socks and sleeves benefit any type of physical activity because they increase blood flow during and afterwards, while keeping muscles warm and in place during higher-intensity activities.  For anyone who is on their feet all day, compression socks can help with increased blood flow that reduces lower leg and foot soreness, as well as prevents blood from pooling in the lower legs which causes the feet to swell.

If your summertime plans include a walk around Stanley Park, a hike up Sun Peaks or cycling the Grand Fondo,  don’t forget to think about your legs. While it may be tempting to wear your regular socks or even go sockless, wearing compression socks can make a big difference in improving your performance and aiding in recovery, so you can look forward to enjoying more time outdoors.

Compression socks are fit based on both calf circumference and foot length. If you have bigger feet and skinny calves or shorter feet and thicker calves, compressions calf sleeves may be a better choice.

Whichever style you choose, compression socks and sleeves benefit anyone doing type of physical activity because they increase blood flow during and afterwards while keeping muscles in place during high intensity activities. For anyone who is on their feet all day, compression socks can help with increased blood flow reducing lower leg and foot soreness, as well as prevent blood from pooling in the lower legs causing the feet to swell.