When and how long should you wear compression socks?

 Couple running with compression socks.

What do compression stockings actually do?

Compression stockings or compression socks are not only comfortable to wear, but also good for your muscles. Compression enhances the flow of oxygenated blood to the muscles in your legs, thereby alleviating the unpleasant sensation of heaviness, aches, and swelling. Additionally, the use of compression stockings or socks reduces the likelihood of experiencing acidosis and cramping during physical activity. In short, wearing compression stockings or socks is a smart choice for anyone who wants to stay fit and healthy.

Do I need compression socks?

Whether you're exercising, working, or traveling, compression stockings are a valuable tool for improving blood circulation and eliminating waste products. While you don't need to wear the stockings 24/7, they can provide significant benefits during these activities. Compression stockings aid in post-workout recovery and even reduce the risk of scarring due to their supportive effect. Nearly every sport exerts pressure on the lower legs, making compression socks a recommended choice for almost any athlete. Moreover, they alleviate muscle pain, calf pain, and lower the risk of shin injuries. In summary, wearing compression socks is recommended for anyone who wants to stay healthy and enhance their athletic performance.
TIP: Read our article about the benefits of compression stockings.

So compression stockings are not mainly suitable for runners? 

Compression stockings are suitable not only for runners, but also for a wide range of other sports. Numerous professional athletes have confirmed the benefits of compression stockings and wear them regularly. In sports such as athletics, where the legs are often turned and there is a lot of running, complaints to the lower legs are common. But in team sports such as field hockey and soccer, where there is a lot of sprinting, the stockings can also relieve the legs. And what about avid skaters or skaters? The repetitive movements you make in these sports demand a lot from your legs. A compression stocking can provide support in this regard and reduce the risk of injury. In short, compression stockings are a versatile tool that can contribute to the performance and comfort of athletes in various disciplines.

TIP: Also read our blog about shin splints, what is it and how can you prevent it?

Which compression stockings are best to buy?

There are many different types of compression stockings available. For example, there are stockings suitable for medical purposes and for complaints resulting from sitting for long periods while traveling. In addition, there are compression stockings designed specifically for sports. In this blog, we have mainly focused on these compression stockings for sports.
Of course, which stocking is best for you depends on the sport you play. For example, do you do a lot of running? Then we recommend choosing a pair of these special compression stockings for runners.
After an intense workout, do you feel that you have asked too much of your body? Then we recommend our recovery collection.

What is the price of compression stockings?


Although compression socks can be expensive, STOX Energy Socks offers affordable ones that are of high quality. Moreover, the socks last a long time and protect your body against injuries and complaints in the lower legs. At STOX Energy Socks, you can invest in your body and enjoy the benefits of compression socks without breaking the bank. This way, you get value for your money and can use this effective solution without any financial worries.

How long should I wear compression stockings?

The duration of wearing compression stockings depends on the intended purpose. During exercise or flights, wearing the stockings is only necessary during these activities. If you want to use the stockings to reduce or prevent conditions such as varicose veins and thrombosis, we recommend wearing the stockings throughout the day, possibly for a longer period.

It's important to wear compression stockings only during the day and take them off before going to bed. This is because the pressure in the arteries is lower at night than during the day, when you're active. 

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Niek van Spronsen

Niek has been part of the STOX Energy Socks team since 2022, writing informative and inspiring articles about compression socks, sports, health, and nutrition. With a passion for an active and healthy lifestyle, Niek shares valuable tips and advice to help athletes and health-conscious readers improve their performance and well-being.

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