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Are compression socks right for you?

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If you plan to participate in the Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 18, make sure your legs are ready.

As you’ve trained for the race, you may have noticed a growing number of runners wearing compression stockings and wondered if they’re right for you.

Because running is a high-impact activity, runners often experience vein swelling, which can result in leg aching, throbbing, heaviness or fatigue. Many runners are wearing compression socks to help them recover from the stress a long run puts on their legs. The snug-fitting, knee-high socks are meant to increase circulation and reduce lactic acid build-up. Some runners wear compression socks while training and racing while others use them after a run.

A new study provides scientific evidence to support the idea that compression socks are not only fashionable, but also functional. The study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, found that wearing compression socks for 48 hours after running a marathon improved performance on a treadmill test two weeks later.

Whatever your reason for wearing compression stockings, remember: The ultimate goal is to keep your legs healthy before, during and after a run. Be sure to monitor your legs for any vein problems. If a vein issue develops, make an appointment to be evaluated by a vein specialist.

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LisaPavoneLisa Amatangelo, M.D., is a Clinical Lecturer in the Section of Vascular Surgery, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of venous disease at University of Michigan’s Livonia Vein Center.

 

 

 

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