Runners are turning to compression socks to improve a number of factors. The jury is out whether compression socks help runners during their workouts. However, a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has shown that wearing compression socks AFTER a workout can aid in recovery. After a hard workout, the blood has extra lactic acid that needs to be processed. The added compression of the socks to the lower leg allows this blood to return to the heart to be processed quicker.
Compression socks can be expensive, costing upwards of $40 a pair. However, if post workout soreness is effecting you whether you are a runner, biker or weekend warrior you could think of using them to help decrease your recovery time.