Who Looks Out For The Security of Your Legs

Spring has officially arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere or has it. A couple who are friends have returned to their home on the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan after a lengthy vacation traveling the nice warm southern United States and are questioning their decision to return at this time. They shared on Facebook that they woke up to snow on the deck, the bay is still frozen and it was 35 degrees. For the rest of us the spring time weather like here in Amarillo, Texas gives us the travel bug.

If you are flying, airport security will be looking out for your safe flight by checking for bombs in shoes, explosives in hats, and (oh, of course) the .357 magnum that someone “forgot” to take out of their carry on bag. But what are you doing to make sure you arrive at your destination safely and are not attacked by enemies of a differ kind, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or the even more deadly Pulmonary Embolism (PA).  Either one can ruin a wonderful vacation. It is not just flying that can create these enemies… any travel by car, bus, or train that lasts 5 hours or longer is a candidate for creating these vacation ruining enemies. 

Air travel has been put on the most wanted poster more times because you are sandwiched between two other travelers, you are sitting, and sitting, and sitting in very dry, low-pressure air with lower than normal oxygen levels. Your legs are bent in the same position for hours and the seat you are sitting in for your safety is constructed with a fairly rigid  metal frame which is cutting into the back of your legs compressing the popliteal vein and slowing down the blood returning to your heart. It is at this point that you become a great candidate for a DVT. As I said, you do not have to be on a plane for this to occur…all you have to do is travel for long distances in the same position. Sitting can be dangerous for your health!

Lets make your journey one you remember because of the wonderful time you have and not because you encountered your enemies DVT and PA. Begin by choosing support socks (knee high will usually be appropriate) that will aid in returning the blood in your lower extremity back to your heart. If you have no swelling in your legs, no predisposition for developing a DVT then a 15-20mmHg compression will probably be adequate.  

Following is a list of factors that increase the risk of developing DVT:

  • Injury to a vein, often caused by:
    • Fractures
    • Severe muscle injury
    • Major surgery (especially of the abdomen, pelvis, hip, or legs)
  • Slow blood flow, often caused by:
    • Confinement to bed (possibly due to a medical condition or after surgery)
    • Limited movement (a cast on an extremity to help heal a injured bone)
    • Sitting for a long time, especially with crossed legs
    • Paralysis
    • Sedate lifestyle
  • Increased estrogen:
    • Birth control pills
    • Hormone replacement therapy, sometimes used after menopause
    • Pregnancy, for up to 6 weeks after giving birth
  • Certain Chronic medical illnesses:
    • Heart disease
    • Lung disease
    • Cancer and its treatment
    • Inflammatory bowl disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • Other facts that increase the risk of DVT include:
    • Previous DVT or PE
    • Family history of DVT or PE
    • Age (risk increases as age increases)
    • Obesity
    • A catheter located in a central vein
    • Inherited clotting disorders
    • Varicose veins

If you swell when you are not traveling or are predisposed to developing a DVT, you should choose a 20-30mmHg compression or discuss this with your physician. It is up to you to be proactive to make sure your legs arrive safely.

Here’s to a wonderful journey and thanks for shopping SupportHosePlus.com,

Vanda

PS: Next week things you can do when you travel that can save your life.

April is Foot Health Month 2014 – 3

This month I have been addressing foot health. Since we currently have All Sigvaris products on sale right now, I thought I might review the Sigvaris Sport Socks and why they are so great for foot health. I don’t know if your realize it; these socks cannot be normally discounted below our regular price. So this is a great opportunity for you to try some fabulous socks with the 10% discount.

A growing trend among competitive athletes and weekend warriors is the use of gradient or graduated compression socks to help improve their athletic performance and recovery. Whether it is during the actual event, after the event, or while traveling, today’s athletes are making gradient compression socks a part of their attire.

Sigvaris has an entire line of sports products perfect for athletic activity and recovery. Professional athletes, weekend warriors and active individuals alike can all benefit from wearing the true graduated compression the Sigvaris Sports provides.

    • Those wearing Sigvaris Sports Socks will benefit from:
  • Increased circulation and improved blood flow
  • Increased oxygen to muscle tissue
  • Reduce pulled muscles and less exercise-induced muscle soreness in the legs
  • Less lactic acid buildup in the legs during exercise
  • Improve energy, performance, and recovery
  • Injury prevention and reduced shin splints and calf cramps

Peak Your Performance with Sigvaris High TechSigvaris Performance Sock

  • 20-30mmHg gradient compression optimizes athletic performance
  • Improved blood circulation and oxygen delivery
  • Less aching and cramping
  • Thermal and odor control
  • Achilles tendon protector reduces vibration on ligaments

Speed Up Your Recovery Time with Sigvaris Athletic RecoverySigvaris Recovery Sock

  • 15-20mmHg gradient compression promotes lactic acid flush-out and relieves delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Superior athletic sizing assortment and comfortable fit
  • Patented DriRelease® treatment virtually eliminates odors

Peak Your Performance with Thermoregulating Wool

Sigvaris Merino Outdoor Performance Sock

  • 20-30mmHg gradient compression optimizes athletic performance
  • Fine Australian Merino Wool Socks constructed with itch-free fibers feels soft and comfortable against the kin
  • Naturally durable, anti-microbial, and thermo-regulating for all seasons
  • Absorbs 35% of its weight in water, keeping skin dry longer
  • Cushioned padded sole keeps feet blister-free and mesh flex-zones provide ventilation


Speed Up Your Recovery Time with Sigvaris Merino OutdoorSigvaris Merino Outdoor Sock

  • 15-20mmHg gradient compression promotes lactic acid flush-out and relieves delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Fine Australian Merino Wool Socks constructed with itch-free fibers feel soft and comfortable against the skin
  • Naturally durable, anti-microbial, and thermo-regulating for all seasons
  • Absorbs 35% of its weight in water, keeping skin dry longer
  • Cushioned padded sole keeps feet blister-free and mesh flex-zones provide ventilation

Wool is not just a winter garment. Its thermo regulating properties keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. This natural fiber absorbs 35% of its weight in water to keep the skin dry. On a personal note, I love the Sigvaris Merino Outdoor when I am hiking.

When blood is properly circulated, it provides much-needed nutrients to tired muscles that have been, or are being deprived during a workout. Unlike the Sigvaris Sports Products, many other sports products do not feature “true gradient compression”. Sigvaris products have become popular among many high-profile athletes and are often recommended by trainers and sports physician world wide.

Here’s to Healthy Feet for a Healthy Life,

Vanda
www.supporthoseplus.com

April Is Foot Health Month 2014 – 2

Last week I began talking about foot health and I told you walking is the best exercise to maintain your body weigh and keep your total body healthy. Here is a graphic which gives recommendations of physical activities for Americans.  (Click on graphic to see larger image.)
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We all know if we increase our physical activity, we will have hot sweaty feet. The feet are the second sweatiest part of our body next to our armpits. The 250,000 sweat glands found on each foot can create 1/2 to 1 cup of perspiration per day, depending on the activity level. Unless the moisture is wicked away, our feet will become soggy and the skin soft and damp. Mushy skin becomes damaged more quickly than dry skin.
Our socks are high on the list of everyday items we take for granted. They take extreme wear and tear from our feet. They protect our feet from blisters and all the abuse we can deal out. One of the jobs of our socks is to manage moisture and keep our feet dry. One of the products used for wicking as well as anti-fungal and antibacterial properties are the Juzo Silver Sole.

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Juzo Silver Sole. Even in ancient times silver was used as an anti-fungal and antibacterial. Silver is woven into the garments and does not wash out. These socks have been found to help alleviate foot odor.

 

 

Their second job is to give enough padding to keep our feet warm or cool depending on conditions and our activity.

Sigvaris Active Athletic Recovery Socks from SupportHosePlus.com

 

Sigvaris Athletic Recovery can be used for activity such as walking as well as recovery after a high intensity work-out.

 

 


All compression socks, stockings and hose have a built in wicking action to transport the dampness away from the feet to the outside of the garment where evaporation can  occur. Garments with high contents of synthetic fibers such as nylon, and acrylic tend to wear longer and provide ample padding for your feet. The natural fiber wool gives plushness and padding to the sock as well as having great moisture wicking properties. 

Jobst forMen Casual at SupportHosePlus.com

 

Jobst forMen Casual has just a touch of wool which along with Dri-Release manages moisture well. Fibers such as nylon have special finishes such as the Dri-Release applied to aid in the wicking action.

 

 

 

I know I fall below the recommendation for physical activity, but I am going to start walking more to get my body healthy as well as my feet and I hope you will put on your support socks and join me.

Here’s to Healthy Feet for a Healthy Life,

Vanda
http://www.supporthoseplus.com

April is Foot Health Awareness 2014

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I would like to remind you that April is Foot Health Awareness Month. Your feet are the hardest working part of you body. It is estimated that the average person walks 115,000 miles in his or her lifetime. That is equal to walking around the world 4 times. The foot contain 26 bones (about 1/4 of the total bones in the body), 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons. Your feet help support you body and maintain balance. Walking is the best exercise to maintain your weight, reduce blood sugar levels, and provides the lowest impact for bones and joints. Support Hose Store has lots of styles which are great for walking or that vigorous workout examples are the Jobst SensiFoot, Sigvaris Performance Sleeve and Recovery, and Medi Active. Walking also helps maintain your mental well-being. Abraham Lincoln said, “When my feet hurt, I can’t think.” If you wear your support socks or hose while walking, they will assist your venous circulatory system to keep your feet, ankles and lower legs healthy. This is the key to preventing unwanted pain and suffering. Each stride the average adult takes puts nearly 1000 pounds per square inch of pressure on the bottom of the feet. It is appropriate that we stop and inspect our feet.

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  • Inspect your feet daily for sores, cuts, or bruises
  • Wash your feet regularly, and be sure to dry them completely with a thin cloth
  • Keep your toenails trimmed regularly straight across, but not too short
  • Always wear your support socks and support stockings every day to assist your venous system and protect your feet

Generally speaking, your feet should not hurt. If they hurt every day there is a problem and perhaps you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

Here’s to Healthy Feet for a Healthy Life,

Vanda
www.supporthoseplus.com