You’ve probably seen someone at the gym wearing them. Your favorite pro athlete likely has a signature pair. If you’ve ever flown on an international flight, you were probably encouraged to wear them. But, that doesn’t answer the questions you’re thinking about. What are compression socks, exactly? Do compression socks work? What do they do?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here is some helpful information about compression socks.

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Compression Socks: The Basics

Wearing graduated compression socks is the most convenient and quickest way of combating muscle soreness and fatigue. By applying the proper amount of pressure in the right places, compression socks help improve blood flow and circulation. Improved circulation means your broken down soft tissue can repair itself more quickly while also protecting muscles, ligaments and tendons during physical activity.

Put simply, compression helps your body move through its natural recovery process faster so you feel better sooner.

Who Do Compression Socks Work For?

Whether you're a seasoned athlete or you're attempting your first round of "couch-to-5K,” you can use compression socks. Nurses, frequent travelers, and people who are constantly on the go will feel better by wearing graduated compression socks in their everyday lives. Wearing compression apparel is a proven medical practice that can help anyone. PRO Compression took the practice one step further and made them bright, colorful, totally comfortable socks you’re going to be excited to wear. 

How Do PRO Compression Socks Work?

Our compression socks and sleeves are made with a true Graduated Compression design. This means the amount of compression strength decreases as the distance to the heart decreases. 

In a compression sock, for example, you'll find less compression at the top of the sock than at the toe. This forces the blood to move upward where there is more space. So, while gravity is pulling blood down to the extremities, graduated compression is pushing blood back up towards the heart. This perfect pairing is where the magic of compression happens.

Other compression products that don't use graduated compression will not help improve blood flow because the pressure is the same throughout thereby restricting blood from traveling from the extremities back to the heart. 

PRO Compression Signature Designs 

As you can see, we take compression seriously because it serves a very important role in your well-being. But you should know that our socks have even more to offer you as you take on 26.2 miles, 18 holes, or 8 hours at work.

PRO Compression products are made using a proprietary blend of technical fabrics, which are optimally constructed to provide compression levels that are certified by independent laboratory testing. It took us years to come up with the perfect blend, look, and feel, so you can say we’re proud of our socks. And since we have the material perfected, we get to spend our time dreaming up fresh new designs all year long. 

PRO Compression Marathon Socks Proudly Made In the USA

Most PRO Compression socks and sleeves are designed and manufactured in the USA. Sure, lower cost manufacturing options are available, but having mostly domestic manufacturing allows us to have complete control over the design, manufacturing, and quality of every sock we ship.

Our goal has always been to deliver a world-class product that will enable you to live, work, and play your best, and to get you back to 100% faster.

Try your first pair of compression socks today! If you're not ready to try a full, over-the-calf sock, we suggest crew-length compression socks for beginners, but we encourage you to browse our entire line of products and find exactly what you want.