Last week, a friend of mine told me about his recent trip overseas. He, of course, had an amazing time, but all of the walking he did left him in pain – serious pain. I asked him what he was doing to recover. His answer? Ice and rest.
I asked him why he wasn’t wearing compression socks. He didn’t have an answer. It dawned on me that he – like most other people – never think to wear these socks to alleviate or prevent pain.
That got me thinking about a pair of compression socks I recently found from Iseasoo called Copper. These anti-bacterial socks are ideal for runners, or those who will be walking a lot while traveling. While not perfect (more on that soon), there’s a lot to like about these socks.
The first thing you’ll notice about these socks is their striking design. The contrasting colors and patterns aren’t just for aesthetics. Sure, they look great, but there’s a method to the madness.
The patterns and textures around the heel and bottom of the socks help provide support, pain relief and better circulation.
Low-cut and available in multiple colors, these aren’t your usual compression socks (the kind your grandmother wears). While more fashionable, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality. These socks still provide 8-15 mmHg compression. The compression isn’t as high as some other knee-high socks, like the PowerLix socks, but they still provide good circulation benefits.
I forgot to mention that these socks actually have copper ions blended into the fabric. Why? To prevent bacteria build-up and odors. Copper is also a great conductor of electricity, and will help improve blood circulation. I’ve tried many different types of copper infused compression socks, and I lately I’ve been really into KompressKinetic. Not just the quality, but the Kompress Kinetic cost is great compared to other brands.
I really like that these socks don’t pinch like some other lesser-quality compression socks. And they’re great for people who are active because they have moisture-wicking material at the arch. If you deal with sweaty feet during your workouts, these socks will save you a lot of discomfort. There’s also ankle compression to help prevent blisters while reducing fatigue. Air-circulating ventilation keeps your feet cool and comfortable, while the lightweight material won’t weigh you down. Doctors even recommend these types of socks to treat plantar fasciitis.
All of these features are just extra bonuses. The key most important thing is the compression capability, and these socks do a fine job in this department. They get the blood flowing, and they help alleviate discomfort.
I want to talk about the heel tab for just a second because it’s a great feature in my opinion. Have you ever wore a pair of low-cut or no-show socks, and had your socks fall down into your shoe? It starts with a slip off the heel, and before you know it, your sock is halfway off your foot and putting serious pressure on your arch.
It’s really uncomfortable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to stop and actually take my shoe off to fix this kind of problem.
But with these socks, the heel tab keeps them from falling down into your shoe. You can enjoy the look of low or now-show socks without the pain.
While anyone can wear these socks, they were really designed to be running socks. This includes:
Anyone who’s on their feet all day – and pregnant women – can benefit from wearing these socks. And the moisture-wicking properties will help keep sweat, odors and bacteria (e.g. athlete’s foot) away.
There’s a lot to like about the Copper compression socks. For starters, they’re a low-cut sock, so you don’t have to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable wearing them.
They also come in a wide range of colors and styles to suit your personality and needs. You can buy these socks in packs of 5 or 10, so you can easily stock up on your favorite colors and styles.
But the most important thing is the design and function. These are compression socks, so they have to be able to do what they’re supposed to do: improve blood flow.
The design along the arch, heel and top of the foot does improve circulation. And you get 8-15 mmHg compression with these socks. I really like that they blend in copper ions to better help improve your blood flow while preventing odors and bacteria.
The extra features, like ankle support and a heel tab, are just icing on the cake.
While these socks have a lot of great features, they aren’t perfect. If you have a problem that requires greater compression, these may not be a good fit for you.
I also found conflicting information about the compression level on their product page. In one paragraph, it says these socks have 8-15 mmHg of compression, while in another paragraph, it says they have 15-20 mmHg of compression.
The 8-15 mmHg level is mild. It’s ideal for pregnant women, to relieve minor swelling and pain, to prevent fatigue and help maintain healthy legs.
If you’re dealing with varicose veins, edema, blood pressure issues or more serious pain, you’ll probably need a higher compression level.
But again, these are socks designed for athletes and not for medical purposes. They don’t go above the ankle, so it’s difficult to provide a much higher compression level.
While the Copper compression socks are nicely designed and comfortable, they can’t compare to Kompress Kinetic. Kompress Kinetic offer a convenient one-size-fits-all design and higher compression to soothe aches and swelling. They also provide adjustable focal straps to target specific areas that are prone to muscle aches and pains.
Don’t get me wrong – the Copper compression socks are still a great option and can benefit many people. But if you want more serious pain relief and anti-fatigue effects, Kompress Kinetic is the better choice.
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The compression socks from PowerLix are proof that relief doesn’t have to come in a boring package. But looks aren’t the only thing these socks have going for them. While I don’t love everything about PowerLix, they’re worth considering if you need moderate relief.