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A great investment, from the ground up!
on March 8, 2012
I am familiar with both the medical version of compression socks and the active, air-driven compression leggings during my 40 days in bed in the ICU. These are just as good, if not better, than the one-size fit all medical version, but sadly still does not compare to the kinds attached to mechanical air-pumps, To be fair, those are drastically more expensive and limited to a stationary location. For everyday use, at home, at work, or everywhere in-between, these are great and come with my highest recommendation.
The fit and feel of these socks are just amazing, not massage-like mind you, but sort of like being hugged. I sit 8 hour days at my job so unless I'm actively moving my legs, my feet would usually feel sluggish or fall asleep. When using these socks I feel a big difference, and you will notice it right away when you start walking in these. One time I used them during a 3 mile jog and my legs did not feel sore the next day.
I've been using these socks extensively for the past month and they are just as snug as the first day I bought them, even after multiple machine washes. They don't ride down my calf nor cut off circulation at the top of the sock near my knee. And I believe these "calf" high socks are the way to go - much easier to put on than "thigh" high socks and less restrictive at the knee joint.
The quality of the socks turned out great. The layers are somewhat thin, but so far my fingernails have not ripped any tears or frayed any loose fibers trying to tug n' pull the sock up to my calf. The same goes for my toenails piercing through the sock. Because its a snug fit, it requires a considerable amount of effort to put them on. Once they're on you feel like you never want them off. The sock is breathable, unlike latex gloves, and has markings to help show which orientation putting them on is correct. I do sometimes wear low-cut ankle socks over these compression socks to minimize wear at the sole of the feet, the place where socks usually break down first.
Figuring out which size initially is a bit tough. I wear size 10.5 US men shoes, and the medium size socks fit me just right - not too tight and not too loose. I measured my calf at the largest girth and it's about 15 inches if that helps. I'm about 5'8" 175 lbs.
Overall, these socks are one of my favorite investments, a value worth beyond its price for the results I've been getting. Apart from the markings, it looks like a regular sock. Not many people will know its a special sock, but believe you me, you definitely will!