How to Choose the Right Sports Socks

So, you’ve made the decision to invest in some sports compression socks. Great news! But how do you know which is the right pair, and of course, do you know how to choose the right size?

Don’t worry, because in this post we are going to share what you need to know about choosing the right sports socks.

The right size

Your socks should sit just below your knee. If they are too high then they will rub on the back of your knee, and too low then you won’t get enough compression.

athlete wearing white compression socks

Measuring your feet and lower legs ensures that you can choose the right pair of sports socks when ordering online and be confident in your purchase without trying them on first. You will need to take the following measurements and write them down before starting to shop:

  • Measure around the widest part of your calf muscle
  • Measure around your ankle at the narrowest point, but make sure your foot is flat on the floor

You should take these measurements first thing in the morning before your feet or lower legs start to swell up. If you purchase sports socks that are too big, you won’t get the benefits that you bought them for. If they are too small, then they can end up causing you a lot of discomfort and may lead to further health issues. They should be a snug fit that sit flat on your legs without any wrinkles in the material.

The right compression

All types of compression socks come in different pressures, and what might be suitable for someone else may not be the right choice for you. They are found in measurements of mmHg, which stands for millimetre of mercury, and this is important to check. The lightest pressure that you can find that is suitable for most people is 8mmHg, with compressions of 30-50 mmHg classed as medical grade.

Top athletes that use compression socks on a regular basis find that having a lighter pressure to wear while working out allows for better flexibility in their movement, and then a heavier pressure works well for recovery periods when they are not active.

For you, this may mean choosing 10-15mmHg or 15-20mmHg compression socks to use while running or training and having 30mmHg for recovery time. It’s a good idea to talk to your medical professional first to get their recommendations on what will be suitable for your individual situation.

Feeling overwhelmed?

Our compression socks specialists at TXG Socks are on hand to answer any questions you might have to ensure you purchase the right socks for your needs. We’ll be happy to help you pick out the correct pair from our sports range, so feel free to give us a call on 0800 894 769 from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.

About Heather Gatland

Chief Sock Checker at TXG Socks

After finding that compression socks sped up the healing of an injury, Heather wanted to help others do the same, so founded TXG Compression Socks in Australasia in 2013. With her 6 years of ‘hands-on’ experience working with medical professionals, extensive business experience and Chartered Accountant qualification, Heather knows all the ins and outs of the compression socks market. Heather’s goal of helping baby boomers, like herself, has finally come true. Heather loves researching and sharing her findings on the TXG blog as well as enjoys supporting her customers to get back to feeling happy, energised and active.

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