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Top 5 Compression Socks for Running: Which Is Best for My Condition?

Tuesday, 9 March 2021  |  Paul

Whether you suffer from shin splints, swelling or venous issues, you can still access the benefits of running! Compression socks work simultaneously to increase your physical performance, reduce fatigue, and combat a wide range of health issues. 

Compression Socks for Exercise vs. Compression Socks for Medical Treatment 

Compression socks are used primarily for two purposes: first to help treat and ease the discomfort of a variety of medical conditions, second to improve performance, energy and recovery times during exercise. However, there's no reason that compression socks shouldn't be employed for both purposes simultaneously! The improved circulation offered by compression socks supplies an invaluable boost to your physical ability and reduces recovery times.

Looking for Something in Particular?

Following is a list of some of the most common conditions compression socks can help to resolve. For each condition we have selected the best available pair of compression socks for exercising with that condition.

Best Running Compression Socks for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVP)  

Sigvaris Active Masculine Class 2 Knee High Carbon Compression Stockings

Sigvaris Active Masculine Class 2 Knee High Carbon Compression StockingstThe pressure supplied by the Sigvaris Active Masculine Class 2 Knee High Carbon Compression Stockings prevents blood from pooling or clotting in the legs, therefore helping to prevent DVT, or deep vein thrombosis. The anatomical design of the socks feature a padded sole and reinforced heel to help cushion your feet as you exercise, while hydro-regulating fibres in the material prevent the build-up of sweat.

Ideal For: Deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, tired legs, open and healed leg ulcers, lymphoedema


Best Running Compression Socks for Shin Splints 

Vulkan AE Advanced Elastic Calf and Shin Support 

Vulkan AE Advanced Elastic Calf and Shin Support

Although the Vulkan AE Advanced Elastic Calf and Shin Support are not technically socks, they are ideal for supporting the calf and shin area during exercise and following sprains and strains. The lightweight Nano Flextra material of the sleeves offers optimal support and compression, limiting pain without obstructing your freedom of movement. The antibacterial and breathable properties of the socks helps to maintain hygiene and comfort during exercise. 

Ideal For: Shin splints, muscle strains, muscle sprains, twisted muscles, Medial Tibial Stress syndrome


Best Running Compression Socks for Recovery From Surgery 

Covidien TED Black Knee-Length Anti-Embolism Stockings for Continuing Care (Pack of 3)

Covidien TED Black Knee-Length Anti-Embolism Stockings for Continuing Care (Pack of 3)Following surgery you're at increased risk of developing blood clots, but the right level of compression can help prevent this by improving your circulation. The Covidien TED Black Knee-Length Anti-Embolism Stockings for Continuing Care (Pack of 3) are designed specifically for use after surgery, and provide the greatest degree of compression on the back of the calf where blood clots are most likely to develop. The socks feel extremely comfortable and natural on your feet during leisure, exercise and work, with a latex-free, skin-friendly construction.

Ideal For: Recovery from surgery, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, thromboembolic disease

Best Running Compression Socks for Swelling 

CEP Run Blue/Grey Compression Socks 3.0 for Women

CEP Run Blue/Grey Compression Socks 3.0 for WomenThere is no better pair of socks for exercise and running than the CEP Run Compression Socks 3.0. The socks will help to reduce swelling and fatigue in the legs, ensuring nutrients and oxygen reach your muscles where they are needed most. Designed for use all year round the socks will keep you cool in summer and snug in winter, as well as preventing blisters and sores from developing on your feet. 

Ideal For: Swelling, tired legs, minor injury, leg pain, blisters

The CEP Men's Run Compression Socks 3.0 are also available at Health and Care, as well as a wide range of alternative colours and lengths. 


Best Running Compression Socks for Pregnancy 

Belly Bandit Compression Socks

Belly Bandit Compression SocksPregnancy can leave your legs achy and swollen, making even gentle exercise far more difficult. The Belly Bandit Compression Socks offer a mild level of compression to prevent swelling and fatigue, and increase your blood flow. Silver infused material in the socks aids to eliminate bacteria and odours while you exercise.

Ideal For: Pregnancy, fatigue, varicose veins

Still Haven't Decided?

If none of these options seem to be exactly what you're looking for, don't worry, as there's plenty more to see. You can take a look at our comprehensive rundown of our best compression socks with our Compression Stockings blogs, or browse everything we have to offer in our Range of Compression Garments category page.

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