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The Difference Between Calf Compression Sleeves and Full Length Compression Socks

The Difference Between Calf Compression Sleeves and Full Length Compression Socks

Calf compression sleeves and full length compression socks are both useful for keeping muscles warm prior to activities, increasing blood flow during and after activities, and preventing injuries. 

Both can be made of light-weight materials such as nylon, lycra, or spandex, which are stretchy. The material overall is breathable. Calf compression sleeves worn for sports will wick away sweat and moisture for best results.

Calf compression sleeves cover the lower leg, just below the knee down to the ankle, while full length compression socks cover the entire lower leg from knee to toe and act dually as your pair of socks as well, so that you don’t need to wear any socks on top of them. The right fit for either will be snug, but not uncomfortable.


Whether your work has you standing or sitting for long periods of time, your preferred workout or sports activities are focused on the calves and legs, or if you have had previous medical issues or injuries to the legs or veins within the legs, both calf compression sleeves and full length compression socks will provide great options for relief from pain and swelling; the choice between the two may just come down to preference.

Recommended compression is usually between 20 and 30 mmHg (this measurement is millimeters of mercury), although sometimes a doctor may prescribe one to wear extra heavy-duty compression socks (which may be up to 40 mmHg) for medical use.  These are usually not found except via prescription, though, because they are for specific conditions, such as after surgery or to prevent future blood clots after having deep vein thrombosis.

Calf compression sleeves allow for one to wear regular socks and shoes with them, as opposed to full length compression socks, and so are more versatile. Calf compression sleeves come in several sizes which are based both on circumference (which should be measured at the largest part of the calf) as well as length. Ensuring a good fit is important for receiving the most benefits from the calf compression sleeves or full length socks.

If you suffer from swollen feet, if your job has you sit for long periods of time which puts you at risk for blood pooling in your leg veins, or if you travel often for work, flying or riding cars or subways or trains, you may benefit more from wearing full length compression socks that will provide compression to your feet; sleeves will not affect the feet, as the sleeves are open beyond the ankle.

Both calf compression sleeves and full length socks increase blood flow, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are able to then reach the muscles as they are being engaged during activity. The design of calf compression sleeves and full length socks use the feature of graduated compression – the sleeve or sock is tighter at the bottom than at the top, putting greater pressure on the leg at the ankle (for sleeves) or the foot (for socks) and lessening on the way up to the thigh. This pressure aids in the movement of the blood up the leg, and through the veins’ system of valves, preventing pooling and overall allowing the blood to return back to the heart more efficiently.

Calf compression sleeves come in a wide variety of colors to enjoy and match any other aspects of your sports gear or any uniform, and are comfortable as they offer protection and increased performance. Full length compression socks also come in several designs.

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