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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Product Review- Recovery Socks

ec3d Compression Recovery Socks

One of the fun things about a big race whether a triathlon or marathon is the visiting the vendor expos. Sometimes the vendor's give away samples or product.

I worked as a volunteer at the  USAT Age Group  Triathlon Nationals here in Milwaukee.

I worked at packet pick up and several of the runners told me about a vendor giving away compression socks.

I use compression socks everytime I do any run of 10K or more. Also hearing free....well that's for me.

The socks were free for all athletes particpating in the weekend races. Since I was doing the sprint race on Sunday I made sure I got over to the vendor booth to score my free pair.

I put them away because I have so many pairs of compression socks already.  About a month ago I was looking at the package and noticed these were not comperssion socks for performance. They were compression socks for recovery.

I had heard of leaving on recovery socks or tights after a long run to help with getting the waste products and lactic acid ouf of the body.

On the packaging the vendor makes the following claims:

  • excellent arch support
  • Calibrated and graduated compression 25-30 mmHG
  • Superior compression zone on the shin and calf.
  • Reduces soreness and inflamation
  • Reduced recovery time.
I wore them twice now after a 16 mile and a 20 mile run.  I have really high arches and they do provide great arch support. The socks themselves are really comfortable. I did notice my legs felt much better the next day then they usually do after a long run.

The socks are open toe and I wear them with sandals making them really comforatable.  
Love this product and they seem to do all as advertised.

They are available on Amazon for $59.99

Author on left at Boston 2013 Finish Line

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a two time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team. She will compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 145 members in 29 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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