Buying Compression Socks for Running
Compression socks are used to prevent injuries and to speed up recovery after intensive workouts or recovery from injuries. Compression socks stimulate blood circulation through the muscles. By wearing compression socks before, during and after your runs blood circulation is stimulated, muscle fatigue postponed and recovery speeded up. Thanks to the compressive fit there is more blood flow to the muscles. More blood flow to the muscles means that the Achilles tendons or calf muscles are less likely to be overstrained. Compression socks also provide support and stability. Movement is seen as a good way of preventing chronic pain complaints. For this reason, it is recommended that injury-prone runners wear compression socks. At 21RUN you will find socks, but also clothes with a compressive fit from different brands such as Bauerfeind, Compressport and Herzog.
How do Compression Socks Work?
Wearing compression socks before, during and after a running session ensures an increase in blood circulation. As a result, blood is continuously pumped to and away from the muscles, bringing a fresh supply of oxygen and getting rid of waste products with every pump. This improves stamina and recovery of your muscles. The highest compression of the socks is found at the thinnest part of your legs. There, blood is forced upwards and blood flow is further encouraged. Long compression socks stabilize your calf and reduce muscle vibrations during runs. This provides a comfortable feel during your running sessions.
Functions of Compression Socks
- Stabilize calf muscles
- Postpone fatigue
- Reduce risk of injuries
- Speed up recovery
When you don’t wear compression socks, recovery will take more time than when you do wear compression socks. Compression socks have an immediate effect. You will stay vital and enjoy an energetic feel all through your day. Because compression socks improve your blood flow, removal of waste products from the muscles goes faster. Thanks to which recovery is speeded up.
Compression socks provide targeted compression to the Achilles tendons, calves and tendon plates. Many running related injuries are found in these parts of the legs. There’s a large increase in popularity of compression socks amongst runners, especially with those who have been injured. Compression socks are the ultimate means of combining recovery and training. These long socks with compression have an average life of about six months, after six months the socks start slowly losing their compressive value.
Different Types of Compression Socks and Compression Tubes
Almost all compression socks are for both sexes. A very important factor for compression products is their size. The correct size ensures compression on the targeted areas such as the Achilles tendons, calf muscles and shins. The use of compression socks finds its origin in healthcare and the positive effects of these type of socks are supported by scientific research. Many brands were created because there was a demand for compression socks for running. Compression tubes for the upper legs also exist and can also be found in our webshop. Bauerfeind is a brand which has one foot in medical science and one foot in running.
Bauerfeind develops compression products for recreational as well as professional runners. In addition to socks, Bauerfeind also develops more products, such as joint braces and insoles. Their Run Performance Compression Socks are long compression socks that help support different muscles whilst running. Compressport compression socks are available for every type of runner.
In addition to socks, Compressport offers a wide range of thermal clothing, sweatbands and running caps. In addition to compression socks, you will find more compression clothing in our webshop. It aren’t just the legs and feet that benefit from compression clothing. Think, for instance, of compression tubes or arm sleeves for the arm muscles. If you prefer socks with light compression, consider normal running socks. If you want to know more about the function of compression socks, please contact our customer service.