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Has anyone walked with compression stockings

Issy T

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Camino(s) past & future
I will be leaving Australia on the 26th May for Barcelona and will start the walk from Roncesvalles on the29th may.
I am 58 and starting the walk in Roncesvalles on the 29th May. I have been having a problem with pain just under the knee which happens about 1-2 hours into my walks. My physio suggested wearing compression tights, such as skins. Just wondering if anyone else has used these and how they went.
 

Monk Moses

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept. 2014
I am 58 and starting the walk in Roncesvalles on the 29th May. I have been having a problem with pain just under the knee which happens about 1-2 hours into my walks. My physio suggested wearing compression tights, such as skins. Just wondering if anyone else has used these and how they went.

I haven't walked the Camino yet, though for my prep walks I have been wearing 2 pairs of compression socks. I'm a diabetic and this was recommended by my MD. I wear a regular pair of compression socks made for diabetics and then a pair of compression hiking socks over the top of the first pair. I walked 21 miles this past Saturday and no blisters or foot/leg issues. The doctor claims I should also have much less swelling if the feet and legs from wearing the compression socks.
 

pattymo97206

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked 360km (2012) Planning 790K May (2014)
I was experiencing pain in the same area. My PT suggested a “patellar band”. It is worn just under the kneed and supports the tendon that goes over the knee cap. Have you been checked out for possible patellar tendonitis? Just a thought....
 

CISSA69

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I have walked the Camino de Santiago many many times, volunteered as a hospitalaro and at the CSJ offices in London and have presented on "Camino and Equipment" .
I am 58 and starting the walk in Roncesvalles on the 29th May. I have been having a problem with pain just under the knee which happens about 1-2 hours into my walks. My physio suggested wearing compression tights, such as skins. Just wondering if anyone else has used these and how they went.
 

CISSA69

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Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino de Santiago many many times, volunteered as a hospitalaro and at the CSJ offices in London and have presented on "Camino and Equipment" .
I think that the Skins brand might be a bit too tight .... be careful to buy a pair that do not rub your achilles when wearing boots ..... so the seam and the stitching are important ..... should be non intrusive ........
 

Carol06

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (May 2012)
Frances (May 2015) all going well and with my husband this time.
I developed a sore knee on day Three. I bought one of those elastic bandages that support your knee and it certainly helped. And then I met an Australian woman who was wearing Skins. She said they were great. i went to a Decathlon store in Burgos and bought their version of skins. They were cheap and not a good brand, but they were wonderful. knee bandage was no longer used. I plan to buy some real Skins before my next Camino. They seem to hold everything where it should be.
 

Marilyn Canada

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2008 Frances
2014 ??
You can now get Merino Wool compression socks that go up to just under the knees.....Sigaris is one brand that makes them....both over the counter compression strength and a higher level of compression by prescription ......I now wear them in my hiking boots .....and wear regular cotton compression socks at other times...with my medical conditions .....they really help with ankle and feet swelling....
 
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trevorcc

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPD to Santiago 2013,2014, Camino de Levante Sept. 2016, Frances March 2018, planning 2020
I walked last year I have bad knees, my sons who play a lot of sport wear skins when travelling last year I swear they are the best things I PACKED AS I wore them for the first few days and at night for recovery I had no problems., I also used them as thermals to keep warm and wore then on hilly days. Well worth it I will pack these first.
Trevor
PS I'm 65
 

pattymo97206

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked 360km (2012) Planning 790K May (2014)
Hmm...maybe I should look into skins...have never worn them. And I have OA in both knees.
 

wes

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2006) VdlP to Plasencia (2010) Frances (2013) Portugues (2016) Meseta Feb/March 2020
I've worn skins on the Camino, the VdlP, and the coast-to-coast across England. If the weather's fine I wear light hiking trousers on top; if it's wet, I wear waterproofs. The skins reduce leg fatigue generally, which can have more specific muscle benefits, and they keep you warm. I think they're terrific.

Buen Camino, Wes.
 

Issy T

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Camino(s) past & future
I will be leaving Australia on the 26th May for Barcelona and will start the walk from Roncesvalles on the29th may.
Thanks for the feedback. I think I am going to add some skins to my packing list.
 

mmm042

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VDLP 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
I love wearing compression socks, mainly to keep my legs warm and muscles loose, but also to keep down swelling. I always bring compression sleeves, too. They're small and light, and can often take the place of wearing a light jacket, or using a light vest and the sleeves. You can get both at running stores, and I'm sure other sports outlets as well.

Melanie
 

cameronon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020
I am 58 and starting the walk in Roncesvalles on the 29th May. I have been having a problem with pain just under the knee which happens about 1-2 hours into my walks. My physio suggested walking with men's compression stockings, such as skins. Just wondering if anyone else has used these and how they went.

I wear compression stockings, and they are used in the same way as ordinary stockings. The difference is that they can provide compression support for the feet, ankles, and legs, so they can promote blood flow and provide support for the legs. During exercise and long-term meditation, you can clearly feel the improvement of leg discomfort.
 

trevorcc

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPD to Santiago 2013,2014, Camino de Levante Sept. 2016, Frances March 2018, planning 2020
I have always taken a pair of sports compression tights as they are good for that first week, and help at night. They also double as warmers on the odd cold day, I used them under my shorts even during my March walk in the snow, they also dry quickly.
 

Albertagirl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I used compression stockings, knee high but without feet, until I managed to leave them behind at an albergue. I had no regrets, as they were too tight and very painful. I do not know how to fit them properly before paying for them and they were expensive. If your physio recommends them, you might ask him/her how to get the right fit.
 

Scott...O

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SJPdP-Leon (15)
SJPdP-SdC-Finisterre-Muxia (16)
Lisbon-SdC (17)

Le Puy-Pamplona (19)
My wife wears compression sleeves - they go from ankle to below knee, with no ‘sock’ part.
She developed stress fractures in the bones of both her lower legs on our first Camino. She‘S used the sleeves on medical advice ever since (on 3 Camino), without any recurrence of the problem.
The benefit of the sleeve vs the sock is that it doesn’t interfere with your regular walking socks & boot fit.
 

Theresa Brandon

Artist, photographer, dreamer
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Inglés (2018), Camino Ingles (from La Coruña, 2019), Camino Portugues (2020)
I recently tried Cloudline Merino Wool blend Compression socks. They are knee high, with compression around the arch, and from the ankle up, but not tight around forefoot. They are very soft and very comfortable, easy to get on and off.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
My physiotherapist recommended compression socks and I complained that they would make me look old. He just laughed at me, quietly pointing out my age, and telling me that many athletes in their 20s wore them. So I went and got some rather pricey German socks, which he had recommended (he also gave me the likely fit I would need, and instructions on how to put them on and remove them).

They were the best idea ever. They gave my ankles support and I continue to wear them if I am walking more than 4-5km. On the Camino, I took 2 pair, and did the usual nightly laundry routine. The first pair I bought lasted for 3 years, including 2 caminos (at the price I paid, they had better). I've quite forgotten the make but they were blue and black (pink also available as a breast cancer fundraiser).
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
Advice from a Physio might be worthwhile. (Sorry you did get advice)

I get Knee and Achilles problems and use these things
They work well.
Lots of Spanish Pharmacies carry them.

Knees
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Ankles, though the straps are bulky, I don't use them.
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simonpc

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
nc 2019
wear compression socks myself when on camino have made a major difference in recovery and never get cramps anymore
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I wore compression socks on part of one camino. They were too tight and made my legs ache. I left them behind by accident in an albergue, but was very glad to be rid of them,
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
I swear by shin skins nowadays and since, have not had shin splints.
Wish I had remembered them last weekend climbing Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges. I was crippled for days afterwards due to shin pain.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Often in cold weather, as they both warm the legs and support a bad ankle (I am wearing them in my avatar). In warm weather I use physio tape for support, because socks up to the knee are way too hot.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Before I walked the Via de la Plata my surgeon told me I had to wear compression tights to help protect for a varicose vein... I was due to have it removed 3 days after my walk.

I had compression stockings that he prescribed but instead bought SKINS which he approved. I totally loved walking in them... that was in 2016 and they are my walking trouser of choice even now. This summer I cut the legs of that original pair and made Capri length... I thought they’d fray or not last but I wore them through the summer and they worked a treat.

I really do notice a difference when I walk in them. I love the freedom and flexibility but also my legs really do feel less tired... and they’re very light !

the biggest problem I have is finding a long top to cover my bum 😁.

this was my poor leg a few days after my walk 😬EC71B49F-E7A0-4295-A816-68910A09EE93.jpeg
 
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Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
I had compression stockings that he prescribed but instead bought SKINS which he approved. I totally loved walking in them... that was in 2016 and they are my walking trouser of choice even now.
I've been thinking for a few years about trying these, but am baffled by all the choices/different varieties of SKINS. Can you recommend a particular type that has worked for you?
 

C clearly

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
I bought some compression socks, wore them on a 4-hour walk on a warm (not hot) day. I found them reasonably comfortable but I had no real reason to think I needed them. After the walk, when I peeled them off, I had a brilliant hot-pink case of hiker's rash (exercise-induced vasculitis) solidly from feet to knees. I often get a bit of the rash, but that case was alarming! I gave the socks away.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
I've been thinking for a few years about trying these, but am baffled by all the choices/different varieties of SKINS. Can you recommend a particular type that has worked for you?
At the time I did a bit of research and decided to go with the Skins brand. Use their size chart for your height and weight... they look small but I’ve never had a problem getting in to them. I think the last lot I bought were AS 400? They are the runners leggings. I also buy them on discount sites so I’ve never paid full price. Every year they have new science but I’m really happy with mine.

https://www.skinscompression.com/women-dnamic-range/
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
At the time I did a bit of research and decided to go with the Skins brand. Use their size chart for your height and weight... they look small but I’ve never had a problem getting in to them. I think the last lot I bought were AS 400? They are the runners leggings. I also buy them on discount sites so I’ve never paid full price. Every year they have new science but I’m really happy with mine.

https://www.skinscompression.com/women-dnamic-range/
Thanks, that's just the info I needed.
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
I really enjoyed compression calf sleeves. I tried the full socks but just didn’t like the tightness on my foot and the hassle of getting them on and off. On the calves, however, the comfort and lowered muscle fatigue was great. I used CEP and they have since got a couple of Caminos and still in great shape.
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
I really enjoyed compression calf sleeves. I tried the full socks but just didn’t like the tightness on my foot and the hassle of getting them on and off. On the calves, however, the comfort and lowered muscle fatigue was great. I used CEP and they have since got a couple of Caminos and still in great shape.
Thanks for adding this information, Josero. It's very helpful to know exactly what has worked (or not) for people.
 

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