Over the last several years, the major manufacturers, Jobst, Mediven and Sigvaris, have been developing special socks for the active person, so they can have a more active life style through exercising. Before these socks came to the market, people with leg swelling could no longer participate in exercise programs; because of the pain they had to endure to participate in these activities. When such a person tried to walk for 30 minutes, it would increase the swelling and the associated leg pain.
Now we have compression stockings to assist in eliminating these problems. This is accomplished with a sock that looks like an athletic sock and not a support stocking. These socks relieve leg discomfort from tired, achy legs during and after activities.
Two years ago, Jobst developed the ActiveWear, an athletic knee-high stocking in white and black colors. The sock comes in 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg compression. Many of you have already tried this sock and have had very excellent results. The Jobst ActiveWear sock has a 360 degree cushioned fabric (also excellent as a higher compression diabetic sock with your doctors approval) to protect the foot. The sock has dri-release, which wicks away perspiration along with a comfortable top band that keeps the sock up all day without binding and pinching.
The newest athletic socks come from Sigvaris. Sigvaris has introduced their Active Therapy series of athletic socks, including the Sigvaris Recovery and the Sigvaris Performance. In order to improve their athletic performance, competitive athletes use compression on varying parts of the body, depending on the sport. First is the Sigvaris Recovery Sock for use after athletic activities to eliminate the pain resulting from the build up of lactic-acid in the muscles of the competitive athlete or weekend warrior. The Recovery sock promotes lactic acid flush–out and, as a recovery sock, relieves delayed onset muscle soreness by increasing circulation.
In September, Sigvaris came out with the new Athletic Performance sock to be used during athletic activities, which increases oxygen to the muscle tissue as well as promotes lactic acid flush-out. This sock should prove itself to be the superior Performance Sock. The sock comes in 20-30mmHg compression, in white and black and is currently endorsed by a number of sporting athletes.
All of these compression stockings offer gradient compression, which acts with your muscles to provide a squeeze of the venous system. With gradient compression stockings, the compression is greatest at the ankle and lessens as you go up the leg. Your heart is a one-way muscle, which pushes the blood through the body. Your venous system in the legs and arms has valves that are opened and closed because of the muscle system squeeze. As this system weakens, compression assists the muscles to get the blood flow back to the heart. For the athlete or the weekend warrior the improved blood flow provides oxygen and nutrients to the muscles which assists in muscle regeneration and decreases lactic acid buildup. Of course, all of the socks are available in both men’s and women’s sizes.
You can read more about these socks by going to our web site, www.supporthosestore.com or calling one of our certified fitters at 1-800-515-4271