If you’re on your feet a lot, odds are that you experience aches and pains in your body on the regular, especially on your shins and calves. That’s where compression socks come in handy, as they're designed to support you during your workouts, sports or just when you're on your feet for long periods of time. Curious? Great. Here’s what you should know.

So what are compression socks, exactly? Compression socks are great for recovery because they slow blood flow to your lower legs while you're wearing them and then flood the area with fresh oxygen once you take them off, which helps with muscle recovery, explains Becs Gentry, a certified run coach/trainer and instructor at Peloton.

When it comes to buying compressions socks, you should aim for ones that are slightly snug, but not so tight that they’d cut off your circulation, explains Latoya Shauntay Snell, HOKA One One athlete, ultrarunner, and Runner’s Alliance ambassador.

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