THIS COMPETITOR.COM SLIDE SHOW, "5 COMPRESSION OPTIONS FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES" includes five different types of compression apparel and recommends when to wear them (during or after runs, or outside of running). It was first published in Triathlete.com.
My two attempts at using this kind of running aid have not resulted in success. I bought a pair of compression running tights, but they make my legs feel heavy and sluggish when running, so I only wear them in the winter (they are thick) and when nothing else is washed. The knee-high socks are uncomfortably tight at the calves, ankles, feet, so they too are mostly staying in the drawer. I tried my husband’s size (a bit larger) and that did not improve the feel. These articles of clothing were fairly expensive, so I am reluctant to try other brands or different styles, if the issue is not the actual clothing but is variations in fit due to design and manufacturing between companies. BUT, this slideshow does include shorter versions, and, since I was sidelined with plantar fasciitis for 5.5 months in the past, I might give the foot sleeves a trial run. I expect them to work like foot taping, but easier.
There’s also a companion article,”How Compression Apparel Works” by Aaron Hersch dated February 14, 2014 that was recently updated and published January 18, 2016. He discusses research findings that looked at whether this apparel helps runners by improving running performance, reducing soreness, and expediting recovery.
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