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As many of you know Support Hose Plus is also a brick and mortar business. We want to thank Amarillo Economic Development Corporation for their support of Local Business. We have partnered with them to let the community know Amarillo and Support Hose Plus is open and ready for clients to come in and shop with us. So if you happen to be in Amarillo, come on in and get your compression socks or stockings. #AmarilloIsOpen @amarilloedc

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Manufacturers and Styles of Compression Stockings

We are writing this week’s Leg Health News to briefly describe the manufacturers and some of the styles of compression garments provided by
There are 5 leading manufacturers of compression stockings in the USA. They are JobstMedivenSigvarisJuzo, and Therafirm. Each manufacture has different styles of knee-high, thigh-high, and waist-high pantyhose. The hose also come in different compressions of millimeters of mercury (mmHg). “mmHg” stands for millimeters of Mercury. This measurement is the same measurement used to measure your blood pressure as well as the atmospheric pressure. It is the force per unit area exerted by an atmospheric column (that is, the entire body of air above the specified area). When you have a blood pressure reading, such as “120/80 mmHg,” we say it is “120 over 80 millimeters of mercury.” The top number, the systolic, measures arterial pressure during the heart’s contraction. The bottom number, the diastolic, assesses arterial pressure when the heart is relaxing between beats, refilling itself with blood.
When we talk about compression in garments, is usually expressed as a range, i.e. 20-30 mmHg. That is the range of pressure the garment is capable of exerting at the ankle dependent upon the measurements the fitter takes. Since the compression garments are gradient or graduated, the pressure gets less as it goes up the leg and less as it goes toward the toe. 
You can order knee-high stockings in a sock fabric like a Therafirm core-spun (for men or women) or Jobst for Men Casual sock (both are knee-high socks) or in a stockings like Jobst Ultrasheer (a pretty compression stocking), Sigvaris Opaque (a stocking which can hide an imperfection,
Medi Comfort from

Medi Comfort


or Mediven Comfort (one of our favorites) to maintain reduction as well as coverage. If you have lymphedema in the arm or hands may I recommend the Juzo brand of products. I know that many of you have your favorites. 
If you are unsure of what style you desire you can always call and speak to one of our certified fitters at toll free 1(844-472-8807)
I know in these difficult times many of you are concerned about cost. As a family owned company, we want to offer you a 20% discount off manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) on most products and a 30% discount on the Jobst Relief product line.

Thanks for shopping with!

– Vanda

Compliance is Mandatory to Improve Quality of Life after DVT

A thrombus (blood clot) forms when blood thickens and clumps together.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot (or thrombus)   forms when blood thickens and clumps together becoming a gelatinous, solid state. Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas of your body.

Acute DVT affects nearly a million patients in the US ever year. Up to 60% of these patients develop some form of post-thrombic syndrome (PTS). PTS refers to the chronic leg pain, swelling redness and yes, possibly ulcers (sores on the leg). PTS can make it difficult to get around and the pain and discomfort greatly affect the quality of life. If you can, it is best to prevent PTS (Post Thrombic Syndrome) whenever possible. The standard of care for DVT and prevention of PTS is therapeutic anticoagulation, wearing compression stockings and early ambulation.

One possible complication of DVT and PTS is a venous ulceration. Because of poor blood circulation in the legs, the blood in the legs backs up and pools in the vein. Fluid may leak out of the vein into the tissue and lead to breakdown of the tissue and result in a venous ulcer which is slow to heal and often returns if you do not follow your physician’s orders to prevent them.

After a DVT, if conservative therapy (therapeutic anticoagulation, wearing compression stockings and early ambulation) does not give adequate improvement, endovascular treatment will need to be considered. Removal of the obstruction in this manner is invasive and puts you more at risk. So you can see why it is so important for you to follow your physician’s directions of anticoagulation, proper usage of compression stockings and early ambulation to improve the quality of life.

Please call our Certified Fitters at 1-844-472-8807. They will be pleased to assist you with the selection of a garment appropriate for your needs.

Vanda Lancour

We’re Back!!

Vanda and Rod Lancour are back!!

Rod and I thought we would let all our Word Press followers know we have a website again, Support Hose Plus. We sincerely appreciate and welcome back our old friends that have ordered from us in the past. We are one of the oldest families in the sales market for support hose starting in 2001, 19 years ago. We value each and every customer as a sincere friend, not a sales order. Our appreciation goes above and beyond what is normally expected in the online industry.

Over the last 19 years, we have maintained a close relationship with all the major manufactures of support hose. We have visited all the major manufacturing plants so our knowledge of the characteristics and features of hosiery is high. We can pass this knowledge onto you so you can be assured your purchase is correct for you. With the launch of our new web site, we are equipped to offer you the best quality and best choice along with our knowledge to enhance your shopping experience with us. Our ongoing training and education of ourselves and our team will assure you of our ability to service your needs.

We will also continue our blog, for the most comprehensive information available about support hose. This is a very valuable service to further assist you in your knowledge of support hose and leg diseases. All of your questions or comments can be answered here. We are constantly trying to improve our services to give you a great shopping experience.

You can reach us or our staff at 1-844-472-8807 (toll free) or email at

Thank-you and remember WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU!

Vanda and Rod Lancour

November is American Diabetes Month 2015

Many of our Diabetic clients have asked: “How can my Diabetes affect my feet?” A diabetic whose blood sugar level stays too high for a long time can develop some serious complications which can include leg and foot problems. If your blood glucose is high, your body loses fluid, you become dehydrated and your skin becomes dry. This happens because your body is trying to remove the excess glucose from the blood and creates more urine. Your skin can get dry if the nerves in your legs and feet do not get the message to sweat (diabetic neuropathy). Sweating helps keep the skin soft and moist. Dry skin can become red and sore.  It can crack and germs can enter through the cracks in your skin and cause bad infections. Dry skin can become itchy, and scratching can lead to breaks in the skin and once again infection.

Skin problems are common in people with diabetes. An elevated blood glucose creates an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and fungi and can actually reduce the body’s ability to heal itself. Up to one third of the people with diabetes will have a skin disorder related to diabetes. Fortunately many can be prevented or successfully treated if caught early. These skin infections can affect anyone, but people with diabetes are much more prone to getting these conditions, which can become much more serious in diabetics. The high blood sugars make these infections longer to heal.

Don’t risk your health. Get treatment for foot wounds as soon as possible:

Get help for open wounds.

Visit a podiatrist, a doctor specializing in foot care, if you have an open cut, blister, or sore on your foot that isn’t healing. Do not try to treat yourself with over-the-counter antibiotic ointments. Experts consider a wound that won’t heal to be a problem that needs aggressive treatment. “The longer things go, the more chance people have of losing a toe or losing a foot,” says Michele Kurlanski, DPM, a wound-care specialist at Lighthouse Foot and Ankle Center in Portland, Maine, who is certified by the American Academy of Wound Management. She says her patients may try “self-inflicted bathroom surgery” that makes problems such as blisters, corns, and calluses even worse. Leave the treatment to professionals.

Follow treatment instructions.

When you do go to a podiatrist or other specialist for wound care, staff members might take an X-ray of your foot to see how far an infection has spread. They’ll clean the wound and cut away any dead tissue. They’ll most likely take a tissue culture, and the doctor may suggest you use a walking boot or crutches to keep your weight off the foot as it tries to heal. You’ll probably visit your podiatrist weekly during the healing process.

Try to hit your blood glucose targets.

Your podiatrist will also ask about your diabetes management. “You treat a wound, but the wound’s attached to a patient, and that patient might have risk factors that are contributing to that wound,” Raphael says. Your podiatrist might team up with your diabetes educator, endocrinologist, primary care provider, or others to help you manage your diabetes.

Be prepared for intensive treatment.

If you haven’t healed in four weeks, your doctor may want to hospitalize you for more intensive treatment, including tissue grafts, in which healthy tissue is removed from other parts of your body and attached to your foot to promote healing.

Remember, as we have stated before…being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support socks (in the compression necessary for your diagnosis) is the key to keeping your feet healthy.

If you are a diabetic, the following is your first line of defense:

  • Check your feet each day.
  • Make sure your feet stay clean and dry.
  • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing out all sharp edges. (Support Hose Plus suggests you see a Podiatrist regularly)
  • Moisturize dry skin with a good lotion or cream
  • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
  • Wear well-fitting, soft shoes.
  • Check shoes daily for things that might damage your feet.
  • Keep your blood glucose under control

Wear well-fitting socks, with a non-irritating toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin.

Here’s to healthy, happy feet,



Men’s Health Awareness

Physician consultation with manDuring the month of November each year, “November” asks men across the world to grow a mustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. This is specifically targeting Prostate Cancer Awareness as well as men’s health issues. The other Men’s Health Issue we at Support Hose Plus would like to address is their reluctance to seek health care. In fact, according to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor in the past year. A look at men’s health issues shows they experience different, but no less serious, health problems than women. Millions of women already know one of the secrets. For decades women have been wearing support hosiery to keep the veins and valves inside the veins from weakening or becoming defective. Men are beginning to recognize the energizing effects a pair of support hose.

There are many reasons men should choose to wear support socks or support stockings. Here are a few:

  • Tired achy legs at night
  • Heavy legs at night
  • Swollen legs
  • Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing
  • Dull, aching pain in leg
  • Tingling, numbness burning or cramping in the legs and feet
  • Legs “fall asleep” often
  • Spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Reddish Discoloration of the skin
  • Hardened skin on the lower leg
  • Patches of dry skin on the lower leg
  • Open sores on the lower leg that do not heal (see your doctor immediately)
  • Family history of venous disease
  • Travel (to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Surgery (to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis)

There seems to be a stigma of people being able to recognize that a man is wearing a compression garment, but many young men are becoming staunch supporters of compression garments which definitely do not look like their grand mother’s support hose.

Professional athletes know:

  • As he travels long distances to compete, he wears compression socks. He definitely does not want to arrive at an event for which he has been training to be knocked out of competition by a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis).
  • During his competition he wants to be at his best. Performance Sleeve   will increase arterial flow, reduce muscle strain, decreases exertion, and reduces skin temperature.
  • After he has completed his competition he wants a speedy recovery, so he wears his Recovery Socks to help get the lactic acid out of the muscle so there is less muscle soreness.

Happy Man Wearing Compression Socks

The “week-end warrior” can also appreciate what support socks can do for their sporting activities as well as their everyday living. Why should the non-athlete not have the same advantages as the athlete? By taking action to wear an appropriate compression garment, our special men could prevent more serious problems which ultimately could affect his quality of life as well as his family.
Please have that special man, visit with his physician about compression and then call one of our Certified Fitters at 1-844-472-8807.  Our Certified Fitters can assist him with the selection of a garment (dress sock, casual sock, athletic sock, thigh sock or even waist high garment if necessary) appropriate for his life style as well as his legs.

Lets encourage the special men in our life to see their physician regularly, grow a mustache and wear their support socks,

Vanda Lancour

Pregnancy and DVT

Pregnancy brings many joys into the life of the expectant mother. However pregnancy may also bring spider veins and varicose veins. 33% of women pregnant for the first time and 55% of women who have had two or more full term pregnancies develop varicose veins.

There are several causes of varicose veins in pregnancy.

  • Heredity is a major contributing factor.
  • Hormone (estrogen and progesterone) levels rise during pregnancy which causes the wall of the veins to stretch and weaken.
  • The blood volume doubles to supply both the mother and fetus with an adequate amount of blood.
  • As the fetus grows in the uterus, more pressure is exerted on the inferior vena cava; this increases pressure on the leg veins.
  • Carrying the extra weight of the fetus and standing for long periods of time make it more likely to develop varicose veins.
  • Crossing your legs while sitting increases your risk of varicose veins.
  • There may be a decrease in physical activity.EnlargedVeinAndDamagedVein

All of these factors cause extra pressure on the leg veins causing them to dilate and expand. This weakens the vein walls and damages the valves in the veins. Due to the downward pressure, the blood flow back to the heart is slowed, spider veins appear and the already compromised veins bulge more.

Varicose veins tend to get worse with each pregnancy. They many go away after delivery. However, they may reappear later in life for no apparent reason. The damage done to the valves in the veins during pregnancy is permanent. These problems can be avoided if compression therapy is prescribed during pregnancy. We urge women with a history of venous disease in their family or who experience swelling or pain in their legs to discuss this with their physician.

maternityThere are some things you can do to improve your leg health while pregnant:

  • Keep your weight within the recommended range for your stage of pregnancy.
  • Exercise daily, including walking. The calf muscles act as a secondary pump to move the blood back to the heart.
  • Elevate your feet and legs whenever possible.
  • Don’t sit or stand for long periods without taking a break. If you will be sitting for extended periods of time, use a stool or box to elevate your feet. If you find yourself in a situation where you will be standing for an extended period of time, place one foot on a stool and alternate every 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Sleep on the left side with a pillow between your legs and behind your back will help increase the venous flow back to the heart.
  • Don’t wear clothing that is binding around the tops of your legs, waist or ankles.
  • Wear medical grade compression stockings. You may want to put them on before getting out of bed to prevent blood from pooling in the legs.

According to The New England Journal of Medicine Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity during and after childbirth. A DVT can develop if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots. DVT can also happen if you don’t move for a long time or have surgery. DVT is a serious condition because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in you lungs, blocking blood flow. This is a life threatening occurrence called pulmonary embolism. A DVT is more common before 20 weeks of gestation and during the first six weeks postpartum. Compression stockings should also be worn postpartum to help prevent DVT. In warmer weather they may seem hot, but will keep your legs healthy!

Here’s to happy, healthy moms and babies,

Vanda Lancour




September Is Healthy Aging Month 2015

happy-couple-jumping-high-2 6 x1 7The baby boomers use to be referred to as our aging population. The generation x-ers are quickly entering this category. There are 76 million baby boomers over the age of 50. In 2015 the first of 82.1 million generation x-ers will reach that milestone. If you have been a bit lazy this summer, September is a great month to get your goals back on track. No matter your age, it is never too late to get your health goals back in order. Why not use September as motivation to look at where you are and what you want to become in 10, 20, or 30 years.  You can make small improvements to your mental, physical, and emotional habits that will improve every aspect of your life.

Here are a few tips I have found on the internet to help you achieve that goal:

  • Don’t act your age. Think about what was your best year and become that you.
  • Walk like an energetic person. Do you walk slowly because you have become lazy or have a fear of falling? Make a conscious effort to take longer strides, walk with heel first.
  • Stand up straight. You take years off your self by holding your stomach in, shoulders back and chin up. Practice this daily until it becomes natural.
  • Smile more. It is hard to be grumpy if you are smiling!
  • Put those compression socks and compression stocking back on that you have not been wearing this summer and start walking. Do this for your health as well as to meet and see people.
  • Find your inner artist. Learn something you have always wanted to. Take music lessons, painting lessons or just redesign your flower beds. Set goals.

Part of improving your health is your diet. Many people have adopted the Mediterranean Life Style. This incorporates healthy food as well as daily exercise. It may take some time to shift the way you eat, but eating lots of fruit and vegetables, beans and nuts, whole grains, fish and olive oil, small amounts of meat, dairy and red wine can increase your heart health and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain fiber as well as vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight chronic diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. The human body is 50 to 65% water. It only stands to reason that our go to drink should be water to keep us hydrated.

Sigvaris striped 3x3Fall is in the air and to help you begin you journey to healthy aging, Support Hose Plus is offering wonderful Sigvaris products. Be sure to check out the “Cool Nights with Cool Colors”… the Sigvaris Soft Opaque is now available in Midnight Blue and Sigvaris Midtown Microfiber is available in Steel Gray! Check the bold new look of Midtown Microfiber in Dark Navy Stripe in 15-20 and 20-30 compression and coming soon for women Midtown Microfiber Pink Stripe! Check out the special pricing for a limited time on all Sigvaris Products. active-seniors 3x3

Healthy aging is more than just staying physically healthy – it is about maintaining you sense of purpose and zest for life. So “Dance like there’s no tomorrow“.  Just as getting better oxygen flow to the lower extremities by wearing support stockings improves your leg health; exercise increases the oxygen to the brain.

Here’s to Healthy Aging,

Vanda Lancour

Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency occurs when a vein is unable to return blood properly to the heart. Veins contain valves that keep the blood from moving backward and pooling in the legs; sometimes, these valves are damaged or become weak, causing venous insufficiency that leads to varicose veins. Venous insufficiency may be genetic; a sedentary lifestyle also may contribute greatly, since movement helps return blood to the heart. As the heart beats, it moves blood through the circulatory system (blood vessels) The vessels are flexible, hollow tubes that carry blood to every part of the body and return the blood to the heart.

Veins are hollow tubes with flaps inside called valves. The veins return blood to the heart. The muscles of the body aid in the circulatory system. When the muscles CalfPumpSystemcontract, the valves open and allow blood to move through the veins. When your muscles relax, the valves close, keeping blood flowing in one direction through the veins. This is called the calf-pump system. Veins become larger and larger as they get closer to the heart. The two largest veins in the body are the superior vena cava and the inferior vena cava. The superior vena cava is the large vein that brings blood from the head and arms to the heart, and the inferior vena cava brings blood from the abdomen and legs into the heart.

If the valves inside your veins become damaged, the valves may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward or flow in both directions. This is called venous reflux: impaired drainage of the venous blood from the legs is the result. This usually occurs in the superficial veins. The largest being the great saphenous vein, which runs from the top of the foot to the groin where it attaches and drains into a deep vein called the common femoral vein.

Chronic venous disorders run a gamut from morphological and functional abnormalities of the venous system. They can be present in childhood or early onset acquired disorders which by adulthood are quite common. Vein-related problems may or may not be symptomatic and include a wide range of clinical signs varying from minimal superficial venous enlargement to chronic skin changes with ulceration.

Venous disorders present themselves in different ways. So a universal system has been created a comprehensive classification system, CEAP (clinical, etiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology) to allow for uniform diagnosis.

CEAP Classification


  • C0  No clinical signs for chronic venous disease.
  • CEAP Class 1

    CEAP Class 1

    C1 Telangiectases, reticular veins or spider veins These can also develop on the legs, although when they occur on the legs, they often have underlying venous re flux or “hidden varicose veins”. When found on the legs, they are found specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles.

  • ceap-class-2

    CEAP Class 2

    C2  Varicose veins These are abnormal, dilated blood vessels caused by a weakening in the blood vessel wall. As they progress they appear to meander or follow a winding course.

  • CEAP Class 3

    CEAP Class 3

    C3 Edema Edema is swelling that is caused by fluid trapped in the tissues of the body. It happens most often in the feet, ankles, and legs, but can affect other parts of the body, or involve the whole body.

  • CEAP Class 4

    CEAP Class 4

    C4 Pigmentation, Lipodermatosclerosis and eczema Leakage of blood cells into surrounding tissue and activation of inflammatory cells are primarily responsible for the changes observed. These skin changes progress from mild pigmentation from hemosiderin deposits (rust stains), to areas of inflammation and eczema,  and inflammation of the fatty tissue lying directly under the skin and hard tight skin which may be red or brown to atrophy blanche (star shaped, white (ivory) break down of the skin surrounded by reddened areas, and finally ulceration of the skin.

  • CEAP Class 5

    C5 Healed venous ulcer Unless the underlying conditions that contributed to your leg ulcer are addressed and treated, you are at risk of developing other ulcers. Treatment options can include treatment for varicose veins (wearing your compression stockings), surgical intervention, quitting cigarettes, improving your diet and taking regular exercise (such as 30 minutes of walking every day).

CEAP Class6

CEAP Class6

  • C6  Skin changes with active ulcer A venous ulceration is usually seen on the medial side of the ankle bone, but can also occur on the lateral aspect or the back or upper surface of the foot. Venous ulcers rarely occur without cause, but show themselves secondary to triggers such as cellulitis, dermatitis or rapid development of edema.

Chronic venous disease develops over time and in most cases can be controlled by wearing compression stockings or compression socks. If compression socks or compression garments are worn to correct swelling, progression of chronic venous disease can be slowed or halted. With all of the different styles available for both men and women at Support Hose Plus, there is no reason for choosing not to wear support socks or support stockings. Why not call one of our Certified Fitters on out toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807 for assistance with the selection of garments to meet your diagnosis, lifestyle, activity and desired appearance.

Here’s to healthy legs,

Vanda Lancour

What is mmHg?

Many of you have asked what is mmHg or mm Hg (it is written both ways) when we talk about compression hose. “mmHg” stands for millimeters of Mercury. This measurement is the same measurement used to measure your blood pressure as well as the atmospheric pressure. It is the force per unit area exerted by an atmospheric column (that is, the entire body of air above the specified area). When you have a blood pressure reading, such as “120/80 mmHg,” we say it is “120 over 80 millimeters of mercury.” The top number, the systolic reading, measures arterial pressure during the heart’s contraction. The bottom diastolic number assesses arterial pressure when the heart is relaxing between beats, refilling itself with blood. When we talk about compression in garments, is usually expressed as a range, i.e. 20-30 mmHg. That is the range of pressure the garment is capable of exerting at the ankle dependent upon the measurements the fitter takes. Since the compression garments are gradient or graduated, the pressure gets less as it goes up the leg and less as it goes toward the toe.

Compression garments were developed when a person with lower extremity venous insufficiency (a condition  that occurs when the veins in the legs are not working effectively to pump blood from the legs back to the heart) realized that when they went into a body of water such as a swimming pool the increased pressure in the pool relieved the pain and discomfort from the venous condition. The deeper they progressed in the pool, the more relief they felt. From this discovery a very rudimentary wrap developed which reduced the swelling or edema and improved their quality of life.

Through the years, this rudimentary wrap has evolved into the wonderful compression garments we have today. They are available in many different compressions to accommodate the severity of disease. Compression classes
Support hose or support socks fit every lifestyle…from the sheerest, most fashionable stockings, or men’s dress socks to many types of athletic socks for both men and women. The stockings and socks are made of a wide variety of yarns which include nylon, wool, cotton, polyester, acrylic, and Lycra Spandex or Elasthan (Lacra Spandex or Elasthan is the yarn which give the garment its “stretchability”). All are knit in a manner to move the perspiration next to the skin to the outside of the garment so it can evaporate to keep you more comfortable. Many of our clients have several different styles of stockings and socks to fit their myriad lifestyles.

The stockings you wear with compression (mmHg) are not the old “supp hose” your grandmother use to wear. Call one of our Certified Fitters on our toll-free line, 1-844-472-8807, for assistance with the selection of new garments or go to

Here is to healthy legs,

Vanda Lancour