For Xmas one of our sons bought me a pair of compression socks. They are now all the rage sold by many stores, worn by women in many special colors and patterns and by men generally in white or black. I have been wearing calf sleeves for well over a year (purchased for a great price on Amazon) and looking like those shown to the left. I chose to start wearing these because of the fact that I had a bad calf muscle injury, as described here, a couple of years ago.
As a result running without calf support was always slightly painful and after the tear was definitely a real challenge. I HAVE found calf support, whether calf sleeves or simply tights, to be of great value. I have NOT yet tried compression socks but research seems to suggest that it will help. There are a number of interesting pages here that describe the available evidence. Worth reading.
An example comment:
“…. a study presented at the 2007 American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in New Orleans suggested there were no statistically significant differences in maximal oxygen consumption, heart rate or minute ventilation between treadmill runners who wore compression socks and those who did not. ”
My personal advice…DEFINITELY try them! Especially if you have weird legs like me!