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What Are Shin Splints?

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What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints is a condition characterised by moderate to potentially severe pain in the shins. It is an inflammatory condition that affects the front parts of the lower legs, sometimes occurring in one or both shins at the same time. Most cases of shin splints are attributed to physical activity ‰ÛÒ runners being most likely to develop the condition. In fact, research suggests that as many as 18% of all running injuries are categorised as shin splints. The Causes of Shin Splints There are two primary factors that contribute to the development of shin splints, which are: Excessive and prolonged...

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Compression Socks and Sporting Performance

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Compression Socks and Sporting Performance

As touched upon a little earlier, it is becoming increasingly popular these days for runners and other athletes to routinely use compression socks, as a means by which to improve their athletic performance. In addition, it is widely believed that compression garments have the ability to reduce the risk of injuries and general muscle soreness, attributed to exercise. Having been recommended by doctors and physical therapists as an effective treatment for circulatory issues for generations, it‰Ûªs easy to see where the logic comes from, in terms of potential benefits for athletes. Just as with those who require compression garments for...

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What Are Compression Socks Made Of?

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What Are Compression Socks Made Of?

Compression socks are manufactured from a wide variety of different fabrics, which in conjunction with manufacturing quality is where the differences in price come in. Fibers are chosen by manufacturers in accordance with the necessary thickness, softness, elasticity, durability and of course, the overall comfort of the final product. In many instances however, material choice comes down to personal preference of the buyer. For example, certain recovery socks may be manufactured using a combination of spandex and nylon, while travel socks generally comprise nylon, spandex and cotton. There are even other garments that may have threads of silver woven into...

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How Long Should Compressions Socks Be Worn?

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How Long Should Compressions Socks Be Worn?

Once again, this is a question that can only be answered accurately in relation to the needs and circumstances of the individual. The reason why compression garments are worn in the first place will determine for exactly how long they should be worn. For example, if you are wearing relatively light compression socks simply for comfort purposes on an everyday basis, they can be worn as and when required. When standing for long periods for example, sitting in the same position with little to no movement of suffering mild discomfort or leg-fatigue during pregnancy, light compression socks can be used...

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Compression Levels for Compression Socks

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Compression Levels for Compression Socks

After getting to grips with the various sizes, heights, colors and styles of compression garments out there, there’s still the crucial matter of compression ratings to deal with. After all, it is the compression action of these socks and stockings that separates them from normal, everyday garments. While it may come across as a little complicated initially, it’s actually quite simple to get to grips with. Socks and stockings for compression therapy generally come in four or sometimes five compression levels, which indicates exactly how much pressure will be applied to the leg. The unit of measurement used is millimeter...

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