My Cart

Close

Do I Need Short or Long Compression Socks?

Crazy Compression

Posted on September 10 2019

Short vs Long Compression Socks

If you’ve searched our catalog and wondered why you might need a short compression sock versus a long compression sock, we’ve broken down the differences for you here.

Compression socks, regardless of the length, help improve circulation. They keep the blood flowing back towards the heart by applying tightness around your feet and gradually decreasing in pressure as the sock moves up your leg. While compression socks provide benefits to everyone, everyone does not need the same sock. 


Short vs. long compression socks

One of the benefits of short compression socks is that they look just like regular socks if you’re into that sort of thing. Our short, ankle socks--often called compression running socks--are designed specifically for the runner.  The moisture-wicking fabric helps to prevent blisters and prevent irritation while resisting odors. The sock’s impact cushion makes every step softer while the added arch support and cushion heel and toe provide ultimate comfort, allowing you to focus on the run ahead and not your feet. If you suffer from shin-splints, pairing the running socks with a sleeve will provide the additional comfort you need to stay focused. 

On the other hand, long compression socks provide assistance in a variety of situations, not just running. Whether you are sedentary, post-recovery, working long hours on your feet, traveling, or training at the gym the longer socks help improve your circulation and reduce swelling. 

Compression isn’t just for runners. It's for everyone. Make sure you are getting the right sock to fit your specific needs. 


What to look for when buying compression socks?

Following is a list of important factors to keep in mind when looking for your next pair of compression socks, short or long:  

Material – Pay attention to the material that is being used. Crazy Compression socks are made with a lightweight, breathable micro-nylon with moisture control. No one wants sweaty feet! Moisture-wicking material helps keep your feet dryer and comfortable. (Oh, and the comfort of the people who are in the room with you! Let’s not forget them.)

Durability – Nothing is more annoying then buying a new pair of socks only to have them disintegrate in the wash. Or, falling in love with a pair of compression socks that stop working a year later. That’s why our socks are constructed with a durable heel and toe and come with a lifetime guarantee.  

Size – Compression socks only work if you have the right size. If you choose a size that’s too small, the compression is often too intense, hindering your performance or recovery. If you choose a size that’s too large, you run the risk of having your socks bunch up, failing to distribute the compression in the way they were designed to do so. When worn, the sock should lay flat against your skin without wrinkles or folds. 

When ordering your socks on our website pay attention to the sizing chart below every design. Feel free to ask us questions. We are more than happy to help. 

Style – We’re pretty proud of our selection at Crazy Compression. In fact, looking stylish on your run while keeping your feet and legs in great condition is what we are all about! Have you seen our new arrivals?


What about sleeves vs. socks?

If your question is sleeve vs. sock, hop over to The Difference Between Compression Socks and Sleeves. We answer all your questions there. You’ll discover how compression socks can benefit everyone but sleeves are best for... well, you better click the link to find out more.