What do compression stockings actually do?
The eye also wants something, but first, let’s find out why compression socks are so useful. That is not entirely unimportant before you put a pair in your digital shopping cart. Compression stockings are stockings or socks specially developed for your lower legs.
They contain a decreasing pressure gradient from the ankle to the knee which leads to many benefits. In this way, the socks cause smoother blood circulation. The cells in your muscles receive more oxygen and that way the waste products in your blood can be removed better.
You can actually see the compression stocking as a kind of personal assistant. The stocking assists your heart, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood through your body. For example, the sock prevents acidification and cramps during sports, and it even reduces the risk of injuries. A life without injuries, that’s quite pleasant.
Sounds interesting, but do I need that?
Of course, we do not recommend wearing compression stockings 24/7, but the stocking is very useful, for example, during sports or travel. You can benefit a lot from the stocking thanks to the above effect.
Because the waste products and carbon dioxide are better removed, recovery after exercise is promoted. There is also less chance of scarring because the supportive effect of the socks reduces the impact of the feet landing.
In almost every sport, pressure is exerted on the lower legs, which is why the STOX Energy compression stocking is recommended for almost every athlete. All in all, the compression socks ensure less muscle pain, fewer calf complaints and a reduced risk of shin injuries. The compression stocking comes with many advantages!
What is a compression stocking?
Simply put, you can compare the compression stocking with the compression stocking that one wears in case of thrombosis. A tight stocking, which ensures better blood circulation in the lower leg.
Of course the materials used are not exactly the same, the compression stocking is really made for sports, but the effect is similar. The compression stocking covers the entire lower leg. It has more compression around the ankle than just below the knee, so it helps with the heart’s pumping function.
By wearing compression stockings you get rid of the waste products in your lower legs more easily, so that less moisture remains during the effort. The muscles can be so preoccupied with what they have to do, move.
When do you use a compression stocking?
A compression stocking is worn as a precaution, or possibly when recovering from an injury. The group of runners who wear the stockings as a precaution is growing steadily. By wrapping the lower leg in a tight stocking, the calf muscles will ‘flatter’ less.
It makes the tendons less mobile and will therefore reduce the load. It is also argued that the tensile force on the periosteum can be reduced by wearing a compression stocking. This is one of the causes of the well-known (and very painful) shin splints.
The second group of runners uses the stockings when recovering from an injury. Due to the help in the pumping function of the heart, waste products will be removed faster. This mainly affects the amount of lactate in the blood.
So compression stockings are not only useful for running?
New! In fact, compression stocking can come in handy when practicing many sports. There are countless professional athletes who have confirmed the effect of compression stockings, they don’t even go out without them.
And it’s not just runners. Complaints leg examples also occur in sports such as athletics, because the legs are frequently rotated and of running. We have running socks for these exercises. But don’t forget that in team sports such as hockey and football you are constantly sprinting across the field.
You can imagine that that gives a lot of ballast to the lower legs. And how about the fanatic skater or skater? The repetitive movement you make during inline skating and skating demands a lot from your legs. The compression stocking offers welcome support.
But aren’t compression stockings super expensive?
Compression socks can rise in price, but luckily STOX sells very affordable ones! And let’s be honest, isn’t it very important to take care of your body? We think so! That is also the reason why frequent athlete does not purchase plastic sports shoes for a few euros.
But also why a cyclist finds it important to invest in a good bicycle. Compression socks are first and foremost affordable, they also last a long time and you protect your body against injuries and lower leg complaints. It is more than worth the spend!
Ok, I’m convinced! Which socks should I buy?
There are many types of compression stockings. They are there for medical purposes and for complaints resulting from sitting for a long time while traveling. But they are also available as a sports aid. As you have noticed, in this blog we mainly focus on the different sports compression stockings.
Which stocking is suitable for you, obviously depends on the sport you practice. Do you run a lot, for example as a runner, walker or hockey player? Then choose a pair of these compression stockings.
If you feel that you have asked too much of your body right after your Cross Fit workout and that excruciating muscle pain is coming, make sure you have a pair of CrossFit socks within reach. Then you will get through the next few days a lot better!
How long should I wear compression stockings?
This depends a bit on what you want to use the compression stockings for. So you wear compression stockings for sports and flying during your sports sessions and flights. However, compression stockings to reduce and prevent ailments such as varicose veins and thrombosis, you will have to wear all day long.
Probably for a long time.
The most important thing is that you only wear the compression stockings during the day and take them off when you go to sleep. At night, the pressure in the arteries is lower than during the day (when standing). The pressure that comes off the compression stocking can then become too high and impede the blood flow.