The best compression sock for athletes is the MudGear Compression Sock, which is a very rugged sports performance sock with an enhanced level of protection. While it is a bit thicker than the other socks reviewed, it will hold up under any circumstance you can think of. We also loved the Zensah Tech+, an extremely comfortable sock with a high level of graduated compression. The Zensah Tech+ is lightweight and has excellent anti-odor and moisture wicking properties, making it a top choice for those who may not need the rugged performance of the MudGear. Rounding out our top 3 is the CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0, providing you with medical grade compression and some cool reflective colors. It’s anatomical foot design allows for greater support of the arch and heel, while helping to prevent shin splints, making it a good choice for those looking for a more stylish sock.
Traditionally, compression socks were used by medical professionals for patients recovering from surgery or due to serious medical conditions. Currently their versatility allow for use with many different activities including athletics, work and everyday wear. Compression socks come in many shapes, colors and designs allowing for style and comfort while achieving the goal they were set out for. Compression socks are made from different materials which allow for breathability and comfort both in warm and cold climates.
If used correctly, compression socks have many health benefits. They allow for proper blood circulation and encourage the flow of blood from the ankles to the heart making it less likely blood will pool in the feet. This results in reduction of swelling, redness and fatigue while lowering the chances of developing DVT (deep vein thrombosis). A good compression sock will assist in preventing injury, provide stability to the foot and ankle, without compromising mobility.
When choosing your compression socks, doing research online for comparison and expert opinions is the key to making the best choice. You will also want to pay close attention to the sizing of the socks, as they are all different, and choose the right amount of compression for you. Whether you are into running, biking, hiking or using compression socks for everyday use, the perfect sock exists for you. Your feet and legs will thank you!