Compression socks for runners are elastic socks, designed to be worn up to the knee—think tube socks on steroids.
They may stretch over the foot up to the knee, or begin at the ankle (more often called a sleeve). These super strong socks squeeze around the calf, compressing the veins on the surface of the leg, along with your leg’s muscles and arteries.
COMPRESSION THERAPY IN THE MODERN ERA
Over the next thousand years, compression therapy was used in varying ways.
Let’s get to the good stuff though—let’s take a look at its arrival in the modern world.
In the 20th century, new methods of compression therapy popped up: ladies and gents lined up to buy laced stockings, elastic bands, and bandages with adhesives.
These days, compression therapy is used to treat a wide array of medical conditions, especially for people that struggle with particular health problems, including:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Varicose veins
- Leg ulcers
- Leg swelling
- Circulatory problems
In recent decades, compression therapy has made the leap from medical treatment to athletic gear must-have. Compression socks can now be seen on professional athletes and recreation runners, nurses and professionals on their feet all day, wearing compression socks and sleeves.
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