CAN COM­PRES­SION SOCKS HELP YOU WITH YOUR RUN?

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A If you’re a long-dis­tance run­ner, they can. Sports medicine ex­pert Dr. Jack Taun­ton says com­pres­sion stock­ings can pre­vent swelling in the calves and an­kles, as well as stave off cramp­ing by help­ing blood re­turn up through the veins in the legs. “In a long race over 10 kilo­me­tres, an­kle edema oc­curs and your calf mus­cles are swollen and tight. The com­pres­sion stock­ings speed up re­cov­ery,” Dr. Taun­ton ex­plains. If you aren’t a dis­tance run­ner, you can also ben­e­fit from com­pres­sion socks on long flights (again, to pre­vent an­kle swelling) or if you’re re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle sprain.

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