Compression Socks: Will they help me run better?
With the warmer weather and longer days, a lot of us a getting back into running after a winter of hibernating. This is fantastic on so many levels, but also reintroduces us to some olds friends including DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). DOMS is the normal soreness that develops in muscles after heavy exercise. It usually appears the day after exercise, is worse on day 2, and typically gone by day 4.
There is a lot of conjecture about what we can do to prevent or minimise DOMS from running, so today we look at some research into the role of compression socks.
Ali, Caine and Snow (2007) looked at the effect of wearing graduated compression socks on DOMS after a 10km run and after short distance, interval running. They found a significant reduction in DOMS at 24 hours in the group wearing compression socks. They did not look at the mechanism of the improvement, but suggested that it may have been due to the compression reducing muscle damage. They also discussed the additional benefits that compression sock give of improving circulation and reducing lactate pooling.
So, Will compression socks help me be a better runner? My answer is probably (there's more to it).... Less soreness can mean a quicker recovery, and a quicker recovery means less time before your next training run.
Kinetic Sports Physiotherapy stocks a full range of compression socks that can be used for running, swelling management, flights and just to help you not get sore legs if you stand all day at work. We stock black socks as standard and can order specific colours.