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Compression socks

Compression socks

Does anyone wear these horrible looking things? do they work well? would you recommend them? I am also hoping they would stop the little cuts I get up and down my shins when running free through the woods.

Any idea or thoughts? they seem can be cheap or expensive.

(the picture is of me having a little stroll through the mountains of Kent)

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I thought I'd seen some recent research that they don't really do anything, but I can't find it - maybe I dreamt it? I did find a meta-study that found a slight benefit to both performance and recovery (I only read the summary though, who has time to read all this stuff??).

I have never worn them meself, although I am tempted because of winter, and I have seen them in really groovy colours :) I guess they might be helpful against ticks as well?

Although I also wonder if they would keep falling down and be really annoying!

Nice pic, you are looking good sir. I didn't know there were any mountains in Kent ;)

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well as long as they come in some groovy colours i am not sure why you havent got 5 pairs already :) i think they would help against ticks as they cant get to your skin.

i think most of the time some of this stuff is in the mind, if you think it works then you feel a difference.

yes there are huge mountains in Kent you can see in the photo, me in mountains with my compression socks on and running like a proper runner ;)

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I do use them for longer and winter runs in an attempt to assist the blood flow in my legs. I work with some lymphoedema nurse's and they strongly recommend the use of compression socks during and post acitivites. I use sigvaris socks, you can view their sports range on line. Very difficult to say how well they work as each day and each run is different.

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I think they must do something,as I fell asleep in my ankle length ones the other day and the strange feeling of losing all feeling in my feet made me want to rip them off ! I have some SD long ones in black with a hint of pink which I wear in winter under me long tights

Maybe they should be worn just post run ? I can't say I've noticed anything favourable

. They don't fall down ! 😃

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Thanks, andy you made me google two things, Lymphoedema and sigvaris.

I shall look at the sigvaris socks

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Judging by the photo, you need to work on your running form. Your centre of gravity seems to be too far behind your knee. You'll end up with very sore hamstrings and knees. Also, I know from my extensive travels to Kent that when there's snow on the mountains, then walking poles are mandatory for trail running (it's in the Kent County Council Mountain Trail Running Guide, often referred to by it's nickname KCCMTRG).

P.S. I'm also in the "it's likely to be the placebo effect, but I don't know cos I've never used 'em"-group.

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They sound dear 🙂

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I always put on a pair after an event as I think it does aid recovery. I have got a couple of good pairs from Lidl over the years, one sedate black and one fluorescent pink. I have never paid more than £2.99.

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Pink why didn anyone tell me! i shall have a look at lidl next time they have them for sale.

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Have a look at:

sigvaris.com/uk/en-uk/produ...

I have the "Running Socks" ... not cheap, but I was able to get a slight discount. I look after them and keep them away from the tumble dryer. I have also been recommended to wear them to bed after a really long run... now that's a sight!!!

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I got the Lidl ones too! They made a squeaking sensation on the soles of my feet which was a bit off putting. But they're good against nettles.

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Never .... I am wondering now if I should? I do wear long trousers in the fields or I come out in hives.... :(

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... and what a great pic that is of you ;)

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