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ARE COMPRESSION SOCKS A HYPE?

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When going for a run or finally going to work again, do you notice the number of people wearing compression socks? Have you ever heard of compression socks within running world lingo? I’m pretty sure you have if you’re a healthcare professional or sports professional.

In detail what are compression socks? Well, compression socks are elastic socks, most designed to be worn up to the knee, to help circulate blood more efficiently through the legs, which gets blood back to your heart rapidly. The faster the blood is flowing, the better the circulation. The better the circulation, the more oxygen to your cells…you see where we’re going with this [1].

When speaking to a compression garments user, you will notice that the same benefits will be repeated like a propaganda: injury prevention, performance enhancement, and a shorter recovery period for starters.

Here are some of the statements we’ve had on our Fitlegs range: 

“Fitlegs are truly fab, I have been wearing them religiously on nightshifts for over 12 months and they honestly make a world of a difference, no puffiness, water retention or aches!” 

“Thanks to Fitlegs for saving my legs from the dull ache I’ve experienced so many times I the past! My legs feel fresh each day and ready to be running around the unit.” 

“I have to say I was very happy with how good my legs felt, being able to walk around without my legs shaking after something like this workout was quite a treat. Fitlegs offer good compression and support, are comfortable and good value for money. I would certainly recommend them.”

Fitlegs Testimonials

I mean how can you resist the temptation of investing in a pair of compression socks when you hear reviews like these.

But what is the science behind compression socks? The benefits and facts behind compression socks are mostly known in the sports and healthcare industry. Lucky for you, we plan to inform everyone of how you can benefit from compression socks, in scenarios of work, travel, maternity, sports and healthcare.

As a fact, compression garments, such as socks and tights, have long been used in the medical field for their ability to improve circulation, lymphatic flow and venous return. As mentioned before, the term compression socks are mostly well-known among athletes due to the education behind the compression garments benefits. Most of the time athletes are continuously told to wear compression socks to improve the recovery between training and there is some evidence to support this claim [2].

The biggest reason being that among the proposed physiological benefits of wearing sports compression socks is an increase in venous return. This increase in venous return allows improved oxygen and nutrient delivery to fatigued muscles and the removal of metabolites that have accumulated during exercise [3]. Another physiological benefit proposed for compression socks during exercise or daily activities is that they may limit inflammation of the limbs by creating an external pressure gradient that limits the space available for swelling to occur [2]. Aside from the metabolic benefits, many journals have stated that physical activity with compression garments may also have psychological benefits [4]. In conjunction with these physiological benefits, compression garments have also recently been proposed to confer additional performance benefits when athletes have positive perceptions of their efficiency [2].

In summary, Fitlegs Everyday and Fitlegs Sports are microfibre socks that use a graduated compression profile proven to increase blood flow thereby helping to prevent tired, achy legs and swollen ankles. The compression level is 14-17mmHg and the soft microfibre fabric provides maximum comfort. Combined with a luxury feel and bright, fun designs this sock is perfect for everyday use. Therefore, who can use Fitlegs? Anyone simply. Fitlegs Everyday and Fitlegs Sports are Ideal for use at work, while travelling, during pregnancy, sports, healthcare professionals or for medical use also. Over the coming months we will be deep-diving into each of these audiences and how using Fitlegs can change your everyday life for the better.

 

References:

[1] Agu O, Baker D, Seifalian AM. Effect of graduated compression stockings on limb oxygenation and venous function during exercise in patients with venous insufficiency. Vascular. 2004 Jan;12(1):69-76. doi: 10.1258/rsmvasc.12.1.69. PMID: 15127858.

[2] Brophy-Williams, Ned & Driller, Matthew & Kitic, Cecilia & Fell, James & Halson, Shona. (2016). Effect of Compression Socks Worn Between Repeated Maximal Running Bouts. International journal of sports physiology and performance. 12. 1-22. 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0162.

[3] Ali A, Caine MP, Snow BG.  Graduated compression stockings: physiological and perceptual responses during and after exercise. J Sports Sci. 2007;25(4):413-419.

[4] Treseler, C., Bixby, W. R., & Nepocatych, S. (2016). The effect of compression stockings on physiological and psychological responses after 5-km performance in recreationally active females. Journal of strength and conditioning research30(7), 1985-1991

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