Compression socks are now frequently used by athletes

The brand new fashion in clothing if you are an active runner are long socks which are said to alleviate heavy and tired legs during the run and even afterwards during recovery. But is it really true that they can help you or is it just a fashion stunt to make people buy new outfit? That is a matter of opinion; however, a number of tests have been carried out to establish whether it can be scientifically demonstrated that compression socks have a positive effect on the runner’s performance. The research studies do not provide an entirely unambiguous result as the test methods used differ a great deal. So, if you are looking at a test on the use of compression socks during exercise, it is important that you also examine the conditions under which the test was made, who designed it and whether there is scientific evidence of the results.
During a test, several different aspect are taken into consideration, including whether a person can run faster and longer wearing compression socks than if he or she was wearing ordinary socks.
It has also been tested whether the venous return flow is increased in a person wearing compression socks. You measure the test person’s heart rate during exercise on the assumption that fewer heart beats are needed when the blood flow to the heart is increased due to increased venous return flow because of compression. Furthermore, the level of lactate, also known as lactic acid, in the blood can be measured, as an increased venous return flow is believed to help remove waste products from the blood.
But what are the characteristics of compression socks, and why are they so popular with runners all over the world? For many years, the socks have been used for the treatment of chronic venous disorders in which the venous valves in the legs fail, thereby affecting the return of blood to the heart. It is believed that the increased pressure on the venous valves contributes to increasing the return flow in healthy legs further so that runners are able to perform and recover better than if they were not wearing compression socks.