Compression Socks are kind of like Transformers -- there's more than meets the eye! Some of the reasons to wear compression socks are well known, like when running and to treat certain injuries, but let's get the full picture. Today we're talking about 10 reasons to wear compression socks. Let's go!
Pregnant women should wear compression socks, and you don't have to take our word for it. Doctors recommend compression socks for pregnant women to treat and prevent DVTs, varicose veins, swelling, and even to help stabilize heart rates since blood volume increases during pregnancy.
We can all agree that shin splints are a special form of torture and we've all had them at some point. You can get them from running, playing basketball, overtraining, or even lots of walking if that's something you're not used to doing. Compression socks (or even calf compression sleeves) will help alleviate pain from shin splints by increasing circulation to the shin. This reduces cramping and inflammation. Not only does this help treat and heal shin splints, but wearing compression socks can also prevent them!
We've written about Restless Legs Syndrome and Compression Socks before, so click the link to read more. But the quick version on why people with RLS should wear compression socks is this: The National Center for Biotechnology Information says compression socks can act as a "counter stimuli to sensory symptoms," which calms the desire of RLS sufferers to twitch and/or move their legs. Picture a swaddled baby. The same type of thing occurs when people with RLS wear compression socks or sleeves. There is also a correlation between RLS and varicose veins, and compression is recommended by doctors to treat and prevent varicose veins.
We know that runners love to wear compression socks, and that goes for all the different runners: marathoners, trail racers, obstacle course racers, and on and on. But we also have football players who have sent us pictures of them wearing Run Forever Sports Compression Socks. We know basketball players wear compression socks and sleeves, even on their arms. Baseball players wear them and catchers most certainly should be wearing compression socks or sleeves. We'll even go as far as to say gamers, card players, even you bingo lovers might want to consider wearing compression socks. will benefit from wearing compression socks. Gravity always wins, and anyone who sits for extended periods of time will have blood in their feet and ankles. Graduated compression forces that blood to move back toward the heart and keeps legs feeling fresh.
You've probably heard of "Pump Bump," also known as "Bauer Bump." It's clinically known as Haglund's Deformity, which Haglundsdeformity.net says is "a condition where a bony enlargement on the back of the heel forms, and it leads to retrocalcaneal bursitis which can become quite painful and irritated if the area rubs up against any type of footwear." Pump Bump comes from wearing pumps and Bauer Bump is the term coined from hockey players getting it from their skates. Unfortunately, runners also get it. But if you are either trying to treat or prevent Haglund's Deformity, you should invest in some quality compression socks.
We briefly mentioned this before but varicose veins or "spider veins" are non-surgically treated with compression socks or sleeves. Varicose veins aren't just unsightly. They can develop into a serious medical problem, and at the least, they are an indication something isn't right with your circulation. Compression socks improve circulation and assist the veins in moving blood, and they not only treat varicose veins, but they also help prevent them.
We've mentioned that gravity will always win. This means that people who sit a lot for long periods of time will have blood pool and settle in their ankles and feet. The National Blood Clot Alliance says flying at altitude means you will have slower blood flow due to low cabin pressure. Add to that the extended sitting and you start the recipe for blood clots. If you are a frequent flier or taking a long flight, you should wear compression socks. The same thing applies to truckers, Uber and taxi drivers, delivery people, and even salespeople who are in their car a lot.
Run Forever Sports ambassador Megan Berg (middle) wears compression socks
when she competes, and when she works as a nurse.
We did a big write up on the benefits of compression socks for nurses, and one of our ambassadors is not only a marathon runner and trail racer but also a nurse. Megan Berg, aka "The Mighty Megan," told us why nurses should wear compression socks. "Many nurses wear compression socks because they can help reduce leg soreness that happens while being on your feet for several hours," Berg said. "The nurses that wear compression socks complain less about foot and leg pain after work. Varicose veins are very common with nurses and the socks help with reducing spider and varicose veins. They also reduce leg swelling. I love the Run Forever Sports Compression Socks because they don't slide down my legs."
We've written before about treating Peroneal Tendonitis with Compression Socks, so click that link if you want the full picture. But the short version is Peroneal Tendonitis as an overuse injury in which the peroneal tendons become sore and inflamed. These tendons connect to the peroneal muscles, which help support both the ankle and foot. When the tendons become overused and irritated, they swell and can actually get irritated by rubbing against the bone. Wearing compression socks not only reduces pain from peroneal tendonitis, but they can also actually help prevent it in the first place!
We are down to our final item on our list of 10 reasons to wear compression socks. Not all, but some people who always have cold feet have what's called Raynaud's Disease. The Mayo Clinic says Raynaud's Disease occurs when smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas. The result is poor circulation, cold toes and feet, and even a change of skin color. People with Raynaud's are prone to having their arteries going into vasospasm which can temporarily limit the supply of blood. You should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis, but compression socks will help people with Reynaud's. Graduated compression is a proven medical method to increase blood flow and circulation, and that's usually the main problem for people with Reynaud's.