Any avid runner should know how to choose the right running compression socks. Elite marathoners and other distance runners are often seen sporting knee socks that were formerly used by people with diabetes or deep vein thrombosis. Manufacturers claim that running compression socks can improve running performance and reduce injury. The research on these running compression socks is somewhat conflicted, but it is at least agreed that running compression socks can aid in recovery following a race.
- Determine how you will be using running compression socks. Some runners wear compression socks during races and on training runs. Other runners use compression socks as a post-run recovery. Compression running socks designed for short runs and post race recovery usually fit less like spandex than the compression socks designed for marathons and long training runs.
- Determine how much you want to spend on compression socks. Running compression socks can cost anywhere from fifteen to 50 dollars per pair. The average cost of running compression socks is approximately 30 dollars. The cost varies depending on the brand and what materials are used to make the socks. Nylon and polyurethane are more expensive than cotton.
- Determine how you want the compression socks to fit. Some running compression socks are designed to be like "sleeves." These compression socks start at your ankles and extend to your knee, like the CEP Men's all sport compression sock. Runners like these socks because they feel less restricted. Other running compression socks are full tube socks, like the CW-X running compression socks. Some runners prefer full compression running socks because they provide arch support and extra cushioning.