This is a great question because these are not just any socks, they are compression socks. I wear compression socks for a variety of reasons:
- If you are a frequent visitor of this blog, you realize I am a wannabe athlete. I can be somewhat competitive at a large variety of sports. I can give a college kid a run for his money playing racket ball, but I can also run a five-minute mile. I can do a goofy, arial 180 over the wake on a wakeboard but I can also bench 1.4 times my body weight. In my endless quest to be an athlete I am always looking for that competitive edge. The experts say compression socks give an athlete’s muscles support and a speedy recovery.
- About three years ago, I was involved in an accident where I had a traumatic injury on one of my shins. I found out when I was giving a talk about how to invest in real estate and I was having a hard time talking and breathing at the same time. I went to the doctor and after three days in the hospital, I found out I had blood clots in my lungs. Compression socks force the flood in your legs to flow further into your body which allows your blood to flow better – something very beneficial after these problems I experienced.
- For some reason I have yet to figure out, I have edema in my lower legs. My physician says this is common in athletes with low resting heart rates and is common in people as they get old. Basically my legs and feet swell up, and the compression socks help keep that under control.
- Whenever possible I work out at CrossFit Omaha, a gym where they do a lot of olympic lifting. They require us to wear long socks becasue when you are doing a clean or some other olympic movement, it’s easy to get blood on the bars. Basically the socks keep blood off the bars, but they also give your calves more support.
The truth of the matter is that I am actually wearing two sets of socks. The white socks that you see are Nike compression socks meant for soccer. Underneath them I wear medical compression socks that you get a a pharmacy. My doc says that everyone should wear them. There is only one small problem – they are extremely painful to wear. I think that the older you get, the key to being good at your sport of passion is your ability to recover fast, and at the very least, these help me do that.