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Do calf compression sleeves help with shin splints?

shin splints


Many running enthusiasts believe that wearing a calf compression sleeve is beneficial because it helps reduce strain on the lower leg muscles, thereby reducing the risk of injury. It needs to be used along with other strategies to help with shin splints.

Shin splints are one of the most common running injuries. Runners with shin splints often experience pain in their lower legs, which can be intense and even debilitating at times. Shin splints can either develop gradually or come on suddenly after a hard workout.

Calf compression sleeves have become increasingly popular for runners because they are designed to provide targeted relief for sore muscles and joints by supporting them during activity. 

Can calf compression sleeves help with shin splints? 

Calf compression sleeves are one of the most popular and effective treatments for shin splints. Compression sleeves are one of the most popular treatments for shin splints. This is because they can help with swelling and inflammation, and can also aid in recovery time.

Compression sleeves are tight fitting garments that help your muscles stay warm, which can limit muscle recovery time after a workout. They have a pressure differential between the top and bottom of the sleeves, which helps improve the blood circulation in the legs.

A paper published by Engel FA, Holmberg HC, Sperlich B. Is There Evidence that Runners can Benefit from Wearing Compression Clothing? Sports Med. 2016 Dec;46(12):1939-1952. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0546-5. PMID: 27106555 suggests that by wearing compression clothing, runners may improve variables related to endurance performance (i.e., time to exhaustion) slightly, due to improvements in running economy, biomechanical variables, perception, and muscle temperature. They should also benefit from reduced muscle pain, damage, and inflammation.

How do the calf compression sleeves work?

The calf compression sleeve applies targeted pressure that emulates the pressure created by calf muscles themselves therefore increasing circulation in lower legs. The result is increased blood flow which helps reduce cramping and swelling thereby lessening muscle spasms caused by stretch reflex.

They are often used by athletes to keep their legs feeling fresh. Compression sleeves work by providing support to the calf muscles, which in turn reduces tension on your shins. Calf compression sleeves are a great way to speed the recovery of sore muscles. They help provide support to the calf muscles, reducing the chances of micro tears and swelling. 

To get the most out of calf compression sleeves, you have to be consistent with wearing them after working out or participating in 

The best way to use calf compression sleeves is as a preventative measure before you start experiencing any pain or discomfort.

In order to get the full benefits from them, it's important that you wear them consistently and correctly.

You can also purchase a calf compression sleeve (available in many colors & sizes) or a full length compression socks from our store by clicking the links below.

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