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One of the main goals of athletic compression socks is to reduce inflammation and swelling in the lower legs and feet. People wear compression socks when working out to maximize their body’s potential and apply gentle pressure on the feet that improves circulation and prevents fluid build that leads to swelling.
Once available primarily to athletes and trainers, athletic compression socks are now available to consumers. Those who should wear compression apparel include runners and those who stand or sit for long periods of time, including nurses, teachers and office workers.
Made with comfortable material, athletic compression socks are carefully stitched together to provide maximum relief for aching feet, fast recoveries after workouts and prevention of fluid buildup that leads to swelling.
The socks accomplish these goals by applying gentle pressure on the feet, improving blood flow to the lower legs and feet, helping improve your circulation. That, in turn, provides more oxygen to muscles, because arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood can relax and blood flows freely. Also, the veins that carry blood back to your heart get a boost in pushing blood.
In addition to preventing swelling, athletic compression socks also can keep feet and legs from feeling aches, pain and fatigue. They may also reduce orthostatic hypotension (that feeling of lightheadedness you get when you stand) and lessen the pain caused by varicose veins.
Athletic compression socks allow you to regain control over the health of your legs and feet. They work in extremely hot or cold weather doing cross fit workouts, running extreme races, marathons, during your regular workout routine or even your daily walk.
You can buy socks at various compression levels to find the one that works best in your situation. But you don’t have to be working out to get the benefits of athletic compression socks. They also can help nurses, teachers, retail workers and anyone who spends long hours on their feet from suffering from foot pain. Pregnant women also can benefit.