Once worn by diabetics and airline pilots, the compression sleeves and socks have become one of the ‘must-have’ items for runners looking to reduce muscle fatigue in their legs during workouts and races.
Compression sleeves and socks apply a consistent pressure to the arteries of the lower leg, allowing the arteries to relax during activity, causing an increase in oxygen rich blood flow to working muscles. The graduated compression (higher in the foot and decreasing in intensity towards the calf) helps the veins in pushing de-oxygenated blood back to the heart.
Compression socks and sleeves can be worn during activity to alleviate pain from common conditions such as calf & achilles strains, calf cramps, and shin splints. They can also be worn after activity as part of the recovery process from a run to decrease swelling and soreness in the foot, ankle, and lower leg.
Socks vs. Sleeves:
If you are going to be using the product exclusively for recovery, we recommend going with a sock. The sock will apply graduated pressure to the foot and ankle to pump blood back towards the heart. Using a sleeve may cause pooling of the blood around the ankle and foot. A sock is also good for travel to reduce the likelihood of blood clots in the calf. During activity, either a sock or sleeve can be used.
Fleet Feet Sports – Chicagoland carries CEP Compression socks & sleeves, which are graduated medical grade compression (18-22 mmHg).