Remember your Granny’s support hose? Ever get a look at a pair of those uncomfortable contortions? They looked like a full-length girdle, sort of. The good news is they’re back in fashion, although now they’re called Compression Socks.
Anyway — Compression Socks or sometimes-called Recovery Sox are currently all the rage. Essentially they’re a knee-high version of Granny’s support hose. Their soul-purpose is to create an upward flow of blood through the lower legs helping to get unoxygenated blood out and replace it with fresh oxygenated blood. A desired effect for anyone who wishes to increase circulation in the legs. I.E. athletes, diabetics, folks that work on their feet or sit for long periods of time.
Fresh oxygenated blood is what athletic recovery is all about, which is why athletes are willing to drop $30 plus dollars for these magic socks. I have a pair thanks to my friend Mo. At first I thought “gee, thanks Mo…what do I do with these? They’re ugly.” Now I am addicted to them. I can’t say for certain if they help my legs recover but I know they don’t hinder recovery and the squeezy feeling is oddly nice. Kind of a tingly massageie feeling. I even sleep in ‘em sometimes.
Get your Google on if you want more info, or take a risk and pick some up. They’re socks. Everyone needs socks and these are magic socks!
March 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm
I think I’ll stick to Mo’s recovery cookies. Or, beer and chips. BTW – they sell something equally ghastly for babies – “baby leggings” or some similar name that have no feet and no waist. Maybe they have a similar purpose since I see no aesthetic quality.