Do compression sleeves work?
Unfortunately I can’t give a definitive answer. But I can share with you my own experience with them.
I was recommended them when suffering from shin splints (often caused by weak calves) https://livforrunning.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/shin-splints/
Compression socks are used by runners in attempt to recover from hard workouts and races as quickly as possible. The snug-fitting, knee-high socks are meant to increase circulation and reduce lactic acid build-up.
They’re made from a blend of breathable materials—including nylon, polyester, wool, CoolMax, Lycra, and Spandex—that help keep your legs dry and comfortable.
A few weeks into training with them…all lower leg problems disappeared. I now wear them for EVERY hard session / race / long run.
Maybe it’s just psychological? Even if it is, I’m not complaining. Heathy legs are healthy legs so, compression sleeves — I thank you.
They’re a little bit pricy though…
Paying about £30 seems a little steep for something that might not even work for you. My top tip would be to search the brands on Amazon. I paid no more than £15 for my amazing Zensah sleeves. Yes, the only offer at the time was the blinding fluorescent pink (I thought this was a little embarrassing and too ‘showy offy’) But I’ve grown to love them. They get lots of compliments at races and such.
The magic doesn’t just happen when you run in them. It is advised that all the good is actually done by wearing them for about 3 hours after your run. Not ideal when you’ve just showered and then, mmmm sweaty leg sleeves. But like I said, healthy legs are healthy legs. Sometimes I just delay showering for a bit…. (sorry Housemates).
So if you haven’t tried them before and you’re curious, I think you should give them a go.
Run to get fitter, run to get faster, run to feel happier.
All the best,