A Look at the Difference Between Compression Socks and Sleeves

Reasons to Wear Compression Sleeves and Socks

Over the past few blog installments, we have looked at the benefits of using compression gear. We have examined what types and why compression works for different sports and situations, as well as things like different climates. In today’s blog, we will be specifically looking at the difference between compression socks and sleeves.

As we have pointed out, compression can benefit just about anyone who leads an active life. And now, you may be wondering about some differences and which style or piece of compression gear may be the best for you.

The Difference Between Compression Socks and Sleeves

The main difference between these two pieces of compression gear starts with the actual design:

  • Compression socks cover the calf and the foot
  • Compression sleeves do not have the foot portion and only covers the calf area

Both sleeves and socks will provide the benefits of compression through graduated compression where the compression / pressure gets light as in moves  upward.

You will find that both socks and sleeves are worn by athletes to increase performance, prevent possible injure and to speed up recovery times. These socks and sleeves are also beneficial for those who must stand for lengthy periods of times, such as nurses.

Benefits of Compression Socks

Benefits of compression socks include:

Protection of the feet and ankles — If you sit with your feet on the floor for lengthy periods of time, your blood may pool in the veins of your legs. This can include travel by car or plane. Socks can help promote the circulation in the feet, ankles and legs to help prevent swelling and also blood pooling that can lead to clots. Compression socks can also help those who have to sit or stand for long periods of time on their jobs.


Benefits of Compression Sleeves

Compression sleeves are ideal for:

Prevention of shin splintsShin splints are common amongst runners because of the duration of their training, along with the intensity and frequency of training. Compression sleeves provide protection against the strain put on the front leg muscles when running or jumping.

If you have flat feet or high arches that chose your front leg muscles to work overtime providing stability, compression sleeves can lessen the load on those muscles.

Compression sleeves provide attention to the often ignored calf and shin areas by boosting blood flow to injured tissue, reducing pain and inflammation. If you frequently suffer from shin splints, sleeves would be an ideal choice to help you get back in the game much more quickly.


Making Your Choice

With the insight into the difference between compression socks and sleeves, you’ll find the choice to usually be a personal preference. At ZeroPoint Compression, we can help you select the ones the suit your situation and style.

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