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Mid-Thigh Compression Garments Versus Knee-High Length Garments

May 29, 2018 0 Comments

Mid-Thigh Compression Garments Versus Knee-High Length Garments

Mid-Thigh Compression Garments Versus Knee-High Length Garments

Take a stroll down the streets early in the morning or in the evening and you'll probably see joggers sporting really long socks. You may ask yourself why a male jogger is wearing stockings which seem like they should be worn by a woman. Well, if you have seen these, they were probably compression garments.

Compression garments come in various forms, colors and material but they generally have the same function – to provide compression to different parts of the body. These can be found in most sporting goods stores or health facilities. Compression garments worn on the legs have been known to assist in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis and reduce swelling in the leg and foot, especially for those who travel very long distances. For sporting purposes, compression garments, usually made of spandex are commonly worn by athletes to prevent rashes and chaffing.

Compression garments come in varying levels of compression (measured in mm Hg) and may be best determine by your doctor based on the reason for their use. Compression socks have several benefits, both medical and for sports. These include:

  • Preventing strain
  • Reduced muscle fatigue
  • Lower risk of Delayed Muscled Soreness (DOMS)
  • Improved Perceived Exertion (More effortless workouts)
  • Better jumping ability and increased power
  • Better Oxygenation of muscles
  • Improved strength recovery
  • Comfort
  • Lower risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Decreases swelling in legs and joints 

When you are looking for compression garments for your legs, you will most likely find two types. Knee-high compression socks and thigh-high compression socks. These can be used interchangeably depending on the specific need but generally, thigh-high compression socks are better than knee-high compression socks. This article aims to give the differences in using both types of compression garments, showing the superiority of having thigh-high compression garments as opposed to knee-high ones.

Although it completely depends on the purpose behind the use of the compression garments, thigh-high garments are usually preferred due to the extended leg area it covers and the additional support provided. Athletes who use compression socks say that they experience improved perceived exertion and better muscle recovery after a workout. Thigh high compression socks may be required based on the underlying reason of your leg pain or te treatment plan outlined by your doctor. In this case, thigh-high compression socks may be best because they offer more comprehensive support to the affected area.

Whichever of the two you choose, whether knee-high compression socks or thigh-high ones, you have to be comfortable in them. Most times, this is where knee-high compression socks take the lead. For example if you travel for prolonged periods during the day, you might find that you are more comfortable wearing knee-high compression socks. It's always good to have a pair of both, especially if your reason for wearing them is medical.

Your doctor will be able to advise you as to exactly which compression socks you should wear and the duration you should wear them for. The benefits of wearing compression socks should encourage you to wear them more often if you have conditions such as varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis.

Compression garments have several benefits, be it medical or in sport. They are not only limited to the legs as there are compression garments for almost every part of the body - excluding the face. You can either purchase one at a sports shop, medical center or have one prescribed to you by a doctor. Whatever the case, you should always wear compression garments that you are comfortable in.


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