Most runners at one point or another deal with the sharp lower leg pain known as shin splints. Left untreated, this ailment can develop into stress fractures so you don’t want to put off finding relief, especially when it can be as simple as pulling on a sock! In this post, we’ll look at what makes compression socks a viable option for alleviating shin splints.
What Causes Shin Splints?
Also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints refer to pain down the front of your lower leg that occurs when the shinbone and connected muscle tissues become overused. The result can range from mild discomfort to sharp pain when walking or running.
Shin splints most commonly plague runners, basketball and soccer players, or anyone that engages in high-impact exercise. However, even if you don’t regularly exercise, you may still experience shin split pain if you have osteoporosis (due to weak bones) or a vitamin D deficiency. In those cases, it’s important to consult with a physician.
How Compression Socks Offer Relief
Rest will often help shin splints heal on their own, but this process can take time. Help speed it up and ease pain at the same time by wearing compression socks.
Compression socks were initially created as a medical garment, and the benefits are designed to target leg pain. The fabric gently compresses the calves and shins, reducing strain while increasing blood flow. This boost in circulation improves muscular endurance and provides pain relief.
Compression is measured in units called mmHg (millimeters of mercury). There are varying degrees of compression ranging from low- to medical-grade compression. Look for fully graduated socks like Feetures’ Graduated Compression Socks for Women and Men, which start out with a greater amount of compression at the ankle and gradually get looser up the calf. This strategic knit is designed to promote circulation all the way up the leg, easing any strain on your overworked muscle tissues. They can be worn during or after a run to improve muscular endurance and provide pain relief. And for non-exercise-related pain, compression socks can still be worn throughout the day to promote healing.
Compress the Pain Away
If you struggle with shin splints, try a pair of Feetures’ specially designed compression socks to relieve painful symptoms and get back to your runs in better health. We stand behind every pair we make and offer a lifetime guarantee so you can try a pair for yourself risk-free!
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