June Is Men’s Health Awareness Month

Father’s Day is past, but we are not forgetting the special men in our lives. What better way to show them how much we care, than by celebrating their health and encouraging them to seek regular medical check ups? This is the 20th anniversary of Men’s Health Awareness Month which is dedicated to enhance awareness of preventable health problems in men. According to the Department of Health and Human Services Men face unique health challenges, and one of the most dangerous 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. A secret weapon of millions of women for decades has 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 knee high, thigh high or even a waist high compression garment can provide to improve daily living. The length of the support hose or socks may be determined by the amount and location of the swelling you are experiencing.

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
  • 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)
  • Orthostatic Hypotension (A form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down…head rush or dizzy spell)
  • Injury

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.

Professional Athlete

Think of the professional athlete…

  • 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. Sigvaris High-Tech Knee High (formerly known as Sigvaris Performance) 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 His 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 1-800-515-4271. Our Certified Fitters can assist him with the selection of a garment (dress sock, casual sock, athletic sock, thigh sock or waist high garment) appropriate for his life style as well as his legs.

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


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for such a wonderful post Vanda. You addressed two great issues, and it was very helpful to have your thoughts and knowledge on them as well as enjoying how well written your post and information was. As a man in my mid-forties who has experienced mild edema in both of my lower legs, I wear compression hosiery on a daily basis. For me, the waist high style in a moderate compression range (20-30mmHg) work best. They were recommended by both my physican and podiatrist. Your point about a stigma surrounding men wearing compression hosiery, including waist high hose, was well made. However, I have seen that stigma greatly diminsh over just the past five years, as perhaps you have. The benefit I receive from my compression hosiery is so great that wearing them daily is not even an issue for me anymore. Most people hardly recognize them and even if they do they just don’t care or even comment. It really isn’t an issue these days for most of us- wearing our compression hosiery, that is. I even wear mine with shorts in the warmer weather, opting for a nude or light tan shade, which is appropriate. Of course, I was nervous at first, but the stigma quickly faded. Thanks again for such great information and comments on men’s health and their ability to utilize compression hosiery- even if it is sheer or waist high. -Rob (Saint Louis)

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