THE PROBLEM: Foot, shin, ankle pain
THE FIX: Zoot Active Compression socks $60
These snug-fitting socks improve circulation, reduce swelling, and keep muscles and tendons warm. zootsports.com
THE PROBLEM: Achy hamstrings and knees during a run
THE FIX: Saucony AMP PRO2 Training Tight $110
Sturdy fabric may support major leg muscles in an effort to delay muscle fatigue. saucony.com
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THE PROBLEM: Hamstring weakness, knee pain
THE FIX: Thera-band $4 and up
THE PROBLEM: Achilles tendinitis, calf soreness, shinsplints
THE FIX: 2XU's Compression Calf Guards $55
Footless sleeves support the shins, calves, and Achilles. It's an alternative to taping for shinsplints. 2xu.com
THE PROBLEM: Plantar fasciitis
THE FIX: The Strassburg Sock $40
These socks keep your arches in a stretched position so that irritated plantar fascia can heal optimally while you rest. thesock.com
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THE PROBLEM: Sore hamstrings and knees after a run
THE FIX: Zoot Recovery Compress RX $150
These tights are similar to training versions, but with more compression to ease post exercise soreness. They feel sort of like a massage—a soothing pressure on your sore muscles. zootsports.com
THE PROBLEM: Tight iliotibial bands, hamstrings, calves
THE FIX: PB Elite Molded Foam Rollers $6 to $20
A weekly professional sports massage is great, if you can afford it. But with a foam roller, you can get many of the same benefits from self-massage at home. performbetter.com
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