I’m not a medical doctor though I did drop out of a PhD program in the humanities so that’s got to count for something, right?
So there’s lots of talk about compression as a means of recovery and bouncing back from tough runs. Thus far, I have made it known that I am skeptic when it comes to this kind of crap, like my criticism of KT tape and my questioning of compression calf sleeves. I’m about 70-80% a believer in KT Tape and 100% believe that it is the only thing that got me through the Dopey Challenge (the IT band that started hurting was on the untaped leg, of course).
I’ve been bitching quite a bit about my foot injury and when the foot had sufficiently swollen I decided to try putting a compression sock on it. Dr. Google had suggested this and I actually bought a pair of pro-compression socks through an Active Gear-Up sale for $15. (That’s right, I’m a coupon discount ninja.)
Anyway, they’re made like crap compared to the Zensah calf sleeves I bought.
Those fun designs are knitted, and if you’ve ever had one of those fancy looking sweaters or been a knitter it’s basically a bunch of loose threads in the back that get caught on your toes. So strike one. Also, the compression sock stretches out such that the design has big white gaps. I got the chevron marathon socks that are no longer available online.
Aesthetics aside, though, the sock legitimately (I think) helped. I found that when I wore them to bed my foot wasn’t as sore or stiff in the morning relative to when I didn’t wear the sock and I’ve also been wearing them to run. Actually, that’s kind of misleading–I wear the one knee sock and one regular sock to really look stylish.
So, basically, my assessment remains the same as for the calf sleeves. It didn’t do anything for me when I wasn’t injured but when I was injured I felt like it was doing something to actually help me recover.