Compression gear can provide amazing benefits to ANYONE that leads an active lifestyle. Whether you are an athlete, marathon runner, expectant mother, world traveler, nurse, teacher, trades worker or anyone who spends long hours on their feet, compression gear can help reduce painful symptoms and keep the legs and feet healthy and strong!
That being said, many people often wonder.. “What is the difference between compression socks and compression sleeves?” And when should you choose one over the other?
What is the Difference Between Compression Socks and Sleeves?
One of the most obvious differences is the design. Compression socks cover both the foot and the calf whereas sleeves lack the foot portion.
However, both socks and sleeves help to improve the circulation of blood because they provide graduated compression, meaning the compression gets lighter as it moves up the leg.
Compression sleeves are ideal for:
Preventing shin splints.
Shin splints are very common amongst runners and athletes who...
(i) have recently increased the duration, frequency and/or intensity of their training
(ii) run on hard, uneven surfaces which places a strain on the front leg muscles
(iii) may have flat feet or high arches (this often causes the front leg muscles to go into overdrive to provide stability)
Compression sleeves provide much needed TLC to the calf and shin areas by boosting blood flow to injured tissue, reducing pain and inflammation. If you frequently suffer from shin splints, or other soft tissue injuries in your calves, sleeves would be an ideal choice to help you get back in the game much more quickly.
Compression socks are ideal for:
Protecting your feet.
Apart from sitting for long periods of time during travel, or behind an office desk, if you suffer from swollen feet, wearing compression socks can help to keep your protect your feet and keep circulation running smoothly by forcing the blood to flow upwards back to the heart.
Compression socks are also ideal for people who suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, skin discoloration, cramping and poor blood circulation.
Which One is Right for YOU?
The good news is that whether you choose compression socks or sleeves (or both) for your fitness and lifestyle needs, don’t have to sacrifice style. At Alpha Sole, we have dozens of designs and patterns to fit your personality while helping you reduce pain and other uncomfortable symptoms!