Compression socks and Compression sleeves are a great help to runners -- you probably know that already. But compression socks can help people in many different walks of life. So while runners using compression socks and sleeves is a no-brainer, here's our list of people Who Should Wear Compression Socks!
We recently wrote about why pregnant women should wear compression socks and the main reason is because doctors recommend it! Pregnant women are more susceptible to serious conditions like DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), and they also have increased blood volume. If that blood doesn't circulate properly, women can get varicose veins or even develop unsafe heart rates. That affects both mother and child. Compression socks increase blood flow to ward that off, and they help alleviate pain and that "heavy legs" feeling.
Nurses should wear compression socks because of the long hours they spend on their feet. Megan Berg is a Run Forever Sports Ambassador. Besides being a marathoner and trail racer, she is also a nurse! "The Mighty Megan" uses our compression socks not just on race day, but during her shifts as a nurse.
"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."
Click this link to read more about Compression Socks for Nurses.
Restless Legs Syndrome is a sleep killer. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is a similar condition that also disturbs sleep. Both are horrible afflictions. Symptoms include involuntary twitches and movement of the legs, as well as a tingling and/or slight burning sensation. These disturb the sleep process and the result is a substandard quality of sleep. While there are many methods to try and combat the symptoms of those conditions, compression socks are one of the safest ways. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says compression socks act as a "counter stimuli to sensory symptoms," and many people say the pressure from the compression socks help do away with the tingling feeling that makes you want to move your legs. Click here to read more about Restless Legs Syndrome and Compression Socks.
Haglund's Deformity is a painful condition that you may have heard of it by its other names. It's commonly referred to as Pump Bump or Bauer Bump,but it's a terrible condition to live with no matter what you call it. It can affect athletes like runners and hockey players, as well as people who wear ill-fitting or tight shoes -- hence the name Pump Bump. Haglundsdeformity.net recommends compression as one of the ways to help prevent Haglund's, as well as one of the ways to alleviate pain from it. Click here to read more about Treating Haglund's Deformity with Compression Socks.
While it's true that shin splints are mainly the curse of runners, other athletes can also get shin splints, especially after long periods of inactivity. I've developed shin splints from both basketball and baseball, as well as trying to do too much running before my legs were back in shape. Anyone who has had them will tell you how awful it is. Compression socks and sleeves are perfect for alleviating the pain of shin splints, as well as preventing them. Read more about how to treat shin splints here.
If you are a frequent flyer or spend a lot of time driving, compression socks or sleeves can be a tremendous help. Blood tends to pool in the bottom of the feet and ankles when you're flying, and compression socks and sleeves will increase blood flow and prevent that from happening. The same goes with driving. Long periods of inactivity or sitting causes blood flow to slow, and compression socks will improve circulation and ward off that "heavy legs" feeling, as well as reduce and eliminate pain.
Compression socks for varicose veins? Yes! Varicose veins are both a health risk and an eye sore. Compression socks not only improve your varicose vein situation, but they prevent them from happening!
All of us can benefit from compression socks and sleeves, and you can get yours right here at Run Forever Sports!