Guard Agains Varicose Veins and DVT

June is Men’s Health Month.  It is the goal of Support Hose Plus to heighten the awareness of preventable leg health problems for men and to encourage men to wear their support socks to prevent leg health problems.

Most men think varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem (a woman thing), however varicose veins are just as detrimental to men’s leg health as women’s leg health.

Here are some reasons men should choose to wear support socks or support thigh highs:

  • Tired achy legs
  • Heavy legs
  • Swollen legs
  • Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing
  • Dull, aching pain in legs
  • 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
  • Family history of venous disease
  • Travel (to prevent a deadly Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Surgery (to prevent a deadly Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • Orthostatic Hypotension ( a form of low that happens when you stand up from sitting or lying down…dizzy spell)
  • Injury

Men seem to be very self-conscious of wearing support socks, but many professional athletes know the value of wearing a compression sock. Can you imagine if one of the valued players of the NBA got a DVT because he did not wear compression when he traveled or had an injury to his leg? Not only would he be on out of the game, but his whole team would be put at disadvantage.

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  • 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 athletic socks 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.

weekendwarriorsYou may be a “week-end warrior” not a professional athlete, but you can also appreciate what support socks can do for your sporting activities as well as your everyday living. Why should the you not have the same advantages as the athlete? By taking action to wear an appropriate compression garment, you could prevent more serious problems which ultimately could affect your quality of life as well as your family.

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It is not just the week-end warriors that need the support socks. All males can use compression socks to increase circulation and guard against varicose veins and DVT everyday. I want the best for the males in my life. They are just as important to me as the valued NBA player is to his team. So lets encourage all the men we know to visit with their physician if they have any problems listed above and wear their support socks faithfully.  Remember, you can always call one of the SupportHosePlus.com Certified Fitters on our toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807, for assistance with the selection of a garment.

Hope all of our loved ones have healthy legs,

Vanda Lancour

Compression, Physical Fitness and Sports

athletic3May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I would like to direct this news letter to our athletes. You would think young, athletic people would have no problems with their legs, but that is not correct. Sports activities which add more weight to the legs (weightlifting, skiing, backpacking) and repetitive motion sports (running, cycling, and tennis) put a lot of stress on the veins in the legs and can damage the delicate valves in the veins and exacerbate venous insufficiency in the athlete.

When athletes are exercising, their muscles require more oxygen. The arteries transport the oxygen rich blood and the active muscles help the veins return the oxygen poor blood to the heart. Once the exercise has ended, there is no calf muscle pump to help the veins return the blood. So the legs of the athlete with varicose veins may begin to ache, throb and feel heavy. If the legs are elevated, this will help the body defy gravity and return the oxygen poor blood to the heart. This is exactly how compression socks or support socks will help the athlete and may in the long run help prevent deep vein thrombosis. Performance socks use science to help professional athletes as well as the week-end warrior maximize performance as well as recovery.

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein, usually in the legs. A pulmonary embolism (PE) is blockage caused by a blood clot in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. It usually originates from a blood clot in the legs (DVT).  You would think the athlete less likely to develop blood clots than the elderly. But that is the problem. Health care  providers think the same way so when an athlete presents with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) symptoms, they interpret the symptoms as “muscle tear, “Charlie horse”, “twisted ankle”, or “shin splints”.  Chest symptoms from an athlete with a Pulmonary Emboli (PE) are often interpreted as pulled muscle, inflammation of the joint between ribs and breast bone, bronchitis, asthma, or a touch of pneumonia.

Being an athlete and being apparently healthy does not guarantee they will not get blood clots. There are several risk factors that put the athlete as well as the non-athlete at increased risk for DVT and PE…

  • Traveling long distances to and from sports events. It does not matter if it is by plane, bus, or car
  •  Dehydration (during and after a sport activity)
  •  Significant trauma
  •  Immobilization (wearing a brace or cast)
  •  Bone fracture or major surgery
  •  Birth control pills and patch, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy
  •  Family history of DVT or PE
  •  Presence of inherited or acquired clotting disorder (Factor V Leiden, prothrombin 20210 mutation, antiphospholipid antibodies, and other clotting defects or deviancies
  •  Presence of a congenital abnormal formation of the veins
  •  May-Thurner Syndrome (narrowing of the major left pelvic vein)
  •  Narrowing or absence of the inferior vena cava (the main vein in the abdomen
  •  Cervical rib causing thoracic outlet obstruction

Built to performWhen an athlete works out, the muscles of the body act as a secondary pump to help move the blood back to the heart. The athlete also has a slower heart rate than the average person. During performance that is wonderful, but at times, that can be detrimental. After a work out or when the athlete travels the heart does not move the blood through the circulatory system as quickly as when the athlete is exercising. This is when a sock of at least 15-20mmHg is extremely important. It keeps the blood from pooling in the deep veins and forming a DVT.

Call one of the SupportHosePlus.com Certified Fitters on our toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807, for assistance with the selection of performance and/or recovery socks to enhance performance or prevent DVT and PE.

Enjoy your day!

Vanda Lancour

What You Can Do When You Travel That Can Save Your Life

Last week we discussed wearing support hose and support socks to protect you against your enemies DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and PE (Pulmonary Embolism) when traveling (“Who Looks After The Security Of Your Legs“). Well, you are finally preparing for that trip of a lifetime (one that lasts more than 5 hours). If you have ever had a DVT or have a family history of DVT, a trip to your physician might be in order. Discuss with your physician if a preventative dose of asprin or low-molecular-weight heparin would be appropriate for you. Once this is done, be sure you have a good pair of knee high or thigh high support socks or support hose. Be sure and wear them for your trip and for three days after you arrive at your destination. The support socks or support hose do you no good if they are in your bag!

If you are flying choose an isle seat so you can get up and move around easily. If you are traveling by other means, be sure when you stop for gas or bathroom break to take a few extra minutes to walk around and keep your circulation moving. Don’t just sit there – do something. If you are traveling by plane and the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign is lit, here are some exercises you can do (some of these are from Boston Magazine):

Figure Eights
With your toes pointed, lift right leg off the floor and make circle eights with your foot: repeat with left leg. Repeat both several times.

Simulate Walking
Place heel on floor and rotate to toes to simulate walking. Do this at least 8 to 10 times with each foot. This activates the calf muscle pump to increase circulation.

Neck Rolls
Sit up tall and put your hands on your knees.  Nod your chin down, then roll your head to the right, then back to the left until you have completed a full circle. Do 8 to 10 neck rolls each direction.

Upper Stretch
In your seat, place the back of your hand on the small of your back. Then turn your head left and look down. You will feel a deep stretch on the right side of your neck. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then repeat on the other side. Do up to 3 to 5 reps on each side.

Seated Cat Stretch
Begin in a tall seated position with hands on your knees. Bring upper body towards your lap, rounding your back shoulders and neck and hold for 1 to 3 seconds. Then lift your chest and your neck, arch your back and hold. Repeat 8 to 10 times.

Quad Pulses
In your seat, hold your mid-thigh so that your thumbs are against your inner leg. Squeeze your legs so you can feel them press against your hands, hold for 3 to 5 seconds and then release. Repeat 8 to 10 times.

When the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign is off:

Standing Calf Raises
Stand up and slowly lift your heels off the floor for a three count, and then slowly lower them back down: repeat 10 times.

Hip Circles
Stand with your feet hip distance apart and place your hands on your hips. Press hour hips forward, to the right, then back, and complete a circle. Do the 8 to 10 times in each direction. Try this while waiting for the bathroom.

Sort-of Side Lunges
Stand with feet a little wider than hip-width, and shift your weight to your right leg, then lightly bend you right knee. Then shift back to the left leg and bend the left knee. Continue alternating 8 to 10 times.
 
You may feel a little awkward…don’t worry these exercises are much more subtle than the person doing yoga in the seat beside you! Drink lots of water (avoid alcohol and caffeine which dehydrate you), choose healthy snacks, and get up in move around frequently. It is up to you to be proactive to make sure your legs arrive safely.

Here’s to a wonderful journey,

Vanda
www.supporthosplus.com

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