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Compression wear (Read 1163 times)

    Does anyone wear compression socks? What are they supposed to do? Prevent calf cramps? Do they work? Thanks!

    2014 Goals

    Weight - 200 lbs (stuck around 211)

    2000 miles (1700 as of September 10)

    Stay healthy for Boston 2015

    Marathon - 3:05 (St. George in October)

    5k - 19:55 (19:43 July 4, 2014)

     

      I wear them nearly all the time, but not while running. I just wear the simple Futuro brand (dress socks) that you can buy at Walgreens. 

      I think they help with recovery, and keep my calves from getting really tight as I sit on my duff all day long. 

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        I wear them after all my long runs. I feel that they help my legs recover fast and help keep my calfs from being sore.

          +1 for the Futuro compression socks, I wear them after all my quality days.  I think they improve recovery, but even if they don't they feel fantastic on.  I also have a pair of CEP compression socks I wear for races, I really do believe they make a difference.  It isn't less cramps or anything like that, the effort at a particular pace just feels slightly less.  It could just be psychological but I like them.

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            I wear them on planes after races to help defend against DVT. I have not (yet) suffered from DVT, so yay.  Dunno if it was the socks.

             

            I wear sleeves while running, but more for the side effects.  I do think I feel better post-race if I have worn them during.  But really, I wear them 1) because they help keep me warm and 2) in trail runs, they protect my lower legs from nasty pokey/scrapy/poisony  things on the trail.

             

            I wear Zensahs.  The two negatives I've found: 1) I've gotten used to wearing them in all long races, but the "they keep me warm" is not so great in summer and Hawai'i races (so I don't wear them, but then it feels like I forgot my pants or my glasses or something) and 2) in rain, they soak up water... like wearing two washcloths, yuck. 

             

            And wet zensahs after a race standing around in the cold?  B A D.  Very bad.

             

            Of course, all the brands fit a little differently.  What you don't want - if you are muffin topping over the top of the socks/sleeves, they are too tight.

             


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              I swear by my CEP socks.  I wear them to bed the night before a long/hard race and wear them around the house/to bed the night after a hard workout or marathon.  I also have the CEP calf sleeves, running shorts and a pair of zoot compression knickers (which I've raced in, and quads felt nice) and zoot compression socks.  I like the fit of the CEP socks the best, my wife likes her 2XU compression socks, but I haven't tried that brand. 

               

              They definitely appear to help me recover faster and my legs definitely feel fresher in the morning after wearing them.  I also wear them when traveling far (by plane).

               

              I figure, even if it's all a placebo effect, it seems to be working or at least tricking me into thinking it's working, and the end result is the same = my legs feel better.

               

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                Compression hose / socks started out in the medical field to help people who had inadequate peripheral blood flow.  Also very useful for preventing clots after leg/joint surgery.

                 

                The theory for athletic use is that through mechanical constriction they can improve the blood flow to your legs and thus promote faster healing.  I dont know of any real evidence to support this claim, but it doesn't seem outrageous to me.

                 

                I have a history of poor circulation and do a lot of international travel, so the doctor has me wear them for long flights.  Also, I'll sometimes wear them for very long car trips after races or very hard workouts.  

                 

                I dont like the futuro very much, the synthetic material doesnt breathe well.   I prefer the Smartwool phd compression socks...very comfortable, hold shape, and fit me well.  (Fit is very important to ensure proper compression.)

                    I also have a pair of CEP compression socks I wear for races, I really do believe they make a difference.  It isn't less cramps or anything like that, the effort at a particular pace just feels slightly less.  It could just be psychological but I like them.

                   

                  I'm debating whether to run in compression sleeves/socks. I know the Futuro are good for recovery. But I've always questioned the value of actually running in compression socks/sleeves.

                   

                  I pulled a calf muscle last week. Not major but cost me a 4 days. Maybe soleus, maybe some achilles involvement, I can't be sure. I'm back running but my calf/achilles does feel tight and a bit achy when i run. But I've been skeptical of the value of wearing them during running. Placebo effect or do they really help? I might be more willing to try b/c of this little injury and a marathon in May. 

                   

                    I wear sleeves while running, but more for the side effects.  I do think I feel better post-race if I have worn them during....

                     

                    I wear Zensahs.

                    +1 to the above.  I had an Achilles injury in spring 2011, and I find that my leg feels better post-run if I've worn a sleeve.  FWIW, I am completely unaware of the leg sleeve during the run and don't really think about it afterward, so I like to think it's an actual benefit and not a psychological-only effect.

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                      I dont like the futuro very much, the synthetic material doesnt breathe well.   I prefer the Smartwool phd compression socks...very comfortable, hold shape, and fit me well.  (Fit is very important to ensure proper compression.)

                       

                      fwiw, Futuro has a few choices for material. I don't recall which ones i liked or now,but the ones i'm wearing right now are very comfortable/breathable.   I have had some that were too warm and seldom wear.

                        fwiw, Futuro has a few choices for material. I don't recall which ones i liked or now,but the ones i'm wearing right now are very comfortable/breathable.   I have had some that were too warm and seldom wear.

                         

                        good to know, I just grabbed the only one in my size at CVS, they were quite inexpensive iirc. 

                         

                        I might grab a pair of CEPs next time I need to buy a pair.  one thing about the smartwools is you probably would not want to run in them except in very cold weather.