Nowadays you see them everywhere, because compression stockings are becoming more and more popular. But when should you wear them? One runner wears them while running, the other prefers to wear them after intensive training to promote recovery. But what about that exactly?
There are no exact rules when you should wear compression stockings. Some runners like to wear them while running to increase circulation in their calf and lower leg muscles. For others, the socks may feel uncomfortable or they may find the stocking too warm.
But one thing is certain; compression stockings must be tightly connected, otherwise it is of no use. It’s okay if you feel some pressure and the socks leave a mark on your skin. But they shouldn’t be so tight that it hurts. In addition, the substance is also important.
Wearing compression stockings has been shown to have many benefits for a variety of injuries. Mainly shin problems (shin splints), muscle cramps, Achilles tendon complaints and blood circulation complaints.
In addition, wearing the stockings can promote the pumping function of the heart.During exercise, the blood flows through the lower leg muscles back to the heart and the blood along the way exchanges waste products for nutrients and oxygen-rich blood. The stockings support this effect, because wearing the socks ensures that the waste products are removed more easily. This means that less waste is left in your lower legs, so that the muscles can continue to work properly.
This was also shown in a survey of 21 recreational runners in 2009. They performed a maximum exercise test without and with compression stockings. The total time of the exercise test was considerably higher with compression stockings, and the anaerobic threshold was also at a higher speed with the stockings. Another study found that these improvements could not be explained by a difference in heart rate, stroke volume, cardiac output or oxygen uptake during exercise.
But it also has advantages to wear socks after a run. Research among recreational athletes shows that they experience less muscle soreness after a 10 kilometer workout when they use compression stockings with decreasing pressure. This may be explained by a reduced rise in the enzyme CK when using the stockings. CK is an enzyme required for recovery after high intensity exercise and is associated with muscle damage.
So do you prefer to wear your compression stockings or support socks during an intensive training or after training to promote recovery? In any case, it does not matter, because in both cases it has a beneficial effect.