When we write articles for the blog & newsletter, we try to avoid “selling”. We don’t talk about our products too much. Our goal is to educate and help you discover new knowledge about athletics – safety, equipment, types of activity, injury prevention.
We get a lot of questions about “why”, particularly on compression socks. “Why” should you wear them? What difference could a sock possibly make? So we would like to address that today. Not to sell our socks (although we hope you’ll try them because we think they’re awesome), but to show you what compression socks can do for you. They’re a tool just like any other piece of athletic equipment. The right socks can make as much difference as using the right type of shoe for walking vs. running or the right size bike for cyclists. If you’ve been running for a long time, take this as a quick reminder article the next time you reach into the sock drawer and pull out any old thing for your workout.
Whether you run for fun, walk for exercise, or are a professional athlete training for competition, compression socks have amazing benefits. Whether you are male or female, a teenager or a senior, they can make a difference in your health.
Compression socks were originally developed to help diabetics improve poor circulation in their extremities caused by their disease; athletes use them for the same reason – circulation. Most people wouldn’t think that athletes have issues with poor circulation and most don’t necessarily struggle with that; however, good circulation is key to health. After exercise with any intensity (and, ahem, not cooling down properly), blood has a tendency to “pool” in our extremities which can become dangerous blood clots. Circulation is also key in the post-exercise healing process. Studies have shown that compression socks improve blood lactate clearance and enhance recovery by reducing swelling and inflammation, in turn reducing soreness.
A few other benefits we’ve seen and heard from users of compression socks – both athletes and also those who just like to be active:
- Relieves tightness in the Achilles tendon.
- Wicks moisture away so feet remain dryer.
- Fewer incidents of blisters.
- Feet are less sore after exercise.
- More support for people with painfully high arches who struggle to find shoes that meet their needs.
- Similar support to kinesio tape to prevent plantar fasciitis.
- Reduced foot odor when wearing the GII Anti-Microbial High Compression Socks.
You may have seen elite and professional athletes wearing knee high compression socks. When we designed our socks, we chose an ankle high model for many reasons, one of which is that knee high socks can get pretty itchy in the heat of Hawaii! Try out a few different types and select the one that works for you.
Compression socks are not a magical technique to preventing injuries, but they are an important part of a plan to stay healthy. Whatever your exercise of choice, whatever your level; feet are essentially irreplaceable equipment that allow you to enjoy an active lifestyle. Take care of them, pamper them, and you can continue to indulge your passions!