Compression socks and sleeves apply consistent pressure to the arteries of the lower leg and allow the arteries to relax during activity, which causes an increase in oxygen rich blood flow to working muscles. The graduated compression (highest pressure in the foot and decreasing in intensity towards the calf) assists 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 and Achilles tendon 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.
At Fleet Feet Nashua, we carry CEP Compression socks and sleeves, which are graduated medical grade compression (20-30 mmHg).
Socks vs. Sleeves:
If you are going to be using the product exclusively for recovery, then we recommend using a sock. The sock will apply graduated pressure to the foot and ankle to pump blood back towards the heart. A sock is also good for travel to reduce the likelihood of blood clots in the lower leg during long periods of sitting. On the other hand, using a sleeve may cause pooling of blood below the sleeve around the foot and ankle, which makes sleeves a better option to use during activity.
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