Compression socks are great for healing or preventing shin splints. For one, the socks compress the shins to increase blood and oxygen flow to susceptible areas. This boost aids in pain relief, improves muscle endurance and increases muscle efficiency.
They can also limit swelling by boosting lymphatic drainage, reducing the symptoms of shin splints.
Your muscle recovery after exercising also gets boosted, as the increase in blood flow reduces lactic acid production. It’s this reduction that then helps reduces inflammation and discomfort.
If you have shin splints, compression socks help support the shin muscles better, too, reducing pain and discomfort. If chosen right, breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics can also keep your legs dry as well as warm.
By reducing muscle vibrations when running, the socks help the body conserve energy. In turn, this reduces fatigue and allows better toxin removal, enhancing body strength and performance.
How to Get the Right Compression Socks for Yourself?
Compression socks are a great running accessory. But, if chosen incorrectly, they can cause a lot of damage. For instance, they may instead hinder blood circulation and limit foot movement too much if too tight. Or, the socks may cause discomfort or feature little protection. Some socks are also not durable, necessitating regular replacements, which can be expensive.
Therefore, you should make sure the socks feature precise compression that isn’t too tight. Usually, they should be firm around the ankle, with the pressure should reduce the higher you go up the leg. The fitting should also not hurt at all.
They should also be durable, made up of fabrics like a mix of nylon and elastane. Additionally, the socks need to be stretchy and easy to take off.
In case you can’t decide on one, I would highly recommend the CHARMKING Compression Socks. Made up of nylon, they are incredibly durable and provide a 360-degree stretch for flexibility and comfort.
Breathable materials provide the optimal temperature, and the compression levels will not compromise mobility. They are pretty lightweight and well-fitted, and you can use them for a range of exercises. Finally, the unisex compression socks are available in two sizes and look great.
Compression Socks are Not Enough, Though.
Despite the array of benefits, simply wearing compression socks is not enough, as you’ll have to get the right shoes too. In a recent article, I share the best running shoes for shin splints, matching pairs to different foot types.
You’ll want shoes that support your feet throughout and provide comfort. They will also need to be protective and lightweight to reduce tension and stress buildup. Additionally, shock-absorbance will diminish the impact and, in turn, reduce the chance of shin splints. You may also consider barefoot shoes as they can benefit you too, in the long run.
As well as making sure you have the proper footwear, try to include the following exercises in your routine to help ease the pain. These are taken from an article which looks at the fastest way to heal shin splints.
Gastrocnemius Calf Stretch:
This exercise will help enhance flexibility, hence reducing the chances of shin splints.
Begin by standing with the hands on the back of a chair or against a wall for support. Now, put one foot behind and keep the feet flat, pointed forward. Then, with the heel down and back leg straight, bend the front knee till the calf gets stretched.
Hold for half a minute and repeat two to three times, stretching three times a day.
Standing Ankle Dorsiflexion Stretch:
This exercise, as the name suggests, will improve foot mobility and ankle dorsiflexion. For this, stand against a wall and keep your knee straight with the heel on the floor. Next, put the front bottom part of the foot against the wall. You should feel a stretch in the calf muscles, and you can also use an inclined platform for this exercise.
I would recommend starting with three sets of ten exercises thrice a day. Aim at increasing the intensity to three sets of thirty exercises.