On tracks and trails across the country, runners are not only racing in
, but relaxing and recovering in them, too. To understand the benefits of compression socks outside the realm of treating varicose veins, the Round Lake
vein doctor at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre
have compiled some helpful facts about runners using this type of stocking.
Compression Socks and the Circulatory System:
Blood is pumped through your body via a closed network of veins and arteries. When blood makes its way down to your legs, your calf muscle must pump hard to move it back up to your heart. Whether you are standing, walking, or running, your calf muscle is working against the force of gravity to keep blood moving upwards.
improve blood flow, help the muscle pump more effectively, and prevent blood from pooling in your legs. These stockings have long been used to help with surgery recovery, reduce leg swelling, and to treat spider veins and varicose veins.
After a Run:
There is growing evidence that compression socks help reduce muscle pain and swelling post-run. After a race, your legs are sore for many reasons: micro trauma in muscle fibers, lactic acid build-up, electrolyte depletion, and the release of inflammatory chemicals. Compression stockings reduce myofibril muscle trauma and improve the calf muscle’s pumping capacity, which eliminates the accumulated lactic acid and inflammatory chemicals.
During a Run:
The benefits of
compression socks during a race
are less clear. While they are widely prescribed by vein doctors to treat the swelling, inflammation, and leg pain associated with venous insufficiencies, their effect on such symptoms during an active event are not well-documented. Athletes with varicose or spider veins should wear compression stockings during events to prevent further vein damage.
Whether you are a runner or simply suffer from leg pain in the Round Lake area, the vein doctor at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre can help. We use trusted and proven procedures to treat and prevent
, and other circulatory problems.
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