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,

Vanda
www.supporthoseplus.com

 

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

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

The Newest (and Driest) Technology in Compression Socks

sweaty feetOur feet are the second sweatiest part of our body next to our armpits. The 250,000 sweat glands found on each foot can generate between half a cup and a cup of perspiration per day, depending on our level of activity. Unless this moisture is wicked away, our feet will become soggy and the skin soft and damp. Mushy skin becomes damaged a lot faster than dry skin. This is why 100% cotton socks are not a good choice. Cotton appears in a lot of less expensive socks. It absorbs more moisture than many other fibers, but loses all of its insulating ability when saturated, takes forever to dry, and will sag and bunch when wet. Socks which contain high percentages of cotton should be avoided.

Our socks take extreme wear and tear from our daily activities. They protect our feet from blisters and all the abuse we can deal out. Thus as we don (put on) our socks each day their job is to manage moisture and keep our feet dry. Their second job is to give enough padding to keep our feet warm or cool depending on conditions and our activity, and protect our feet from blisters.

Socks and the yarns which are used to knit them are probably one of the least thought about issues of our time. However, if our feet are not happy, we are not happy. The right socks make us feel good. Our manufacturers spend a lot of time and money on research looking for the best yarns to use to knit compression socks and compression stockings to make them both durable and effective. So let’s take some time to consider the yarns used to knit them.

Nylon and polyester are extremely durable. When a sock wears out the nylon is the last threads seen which are holding those favorite socks together. These synthetic, non-porous materials absorb very little water, dry quickly, and help give socks form and structure. Nylon and polyester themselves do not move moisture, but manufacturers apply a variety of coatings to the fibers to wick moisture away from our feet. (Dry feet are less susceptible to bacteria and fungus.) Examples of polyester and nylon socks are the Sigvaris Recovery SockSigvaris Performance SockTherafirm Core-Spun Knee High and Therafirm Core-Spun Cushioned Knee High, and the Sigvaris Performanace Sleeve.

Polyamide is a term often seen in socks. They are the basic fiber forming substances for nylon fiber. Polyamide was developed in the United States about 1935 and first used in stockings about 1940. Nylon fiber is fine, highly elastic, easy to wash, quick to dry and retains its shape well.

Acrylic is another commonly used synthetic material. It closely approximates the plushness of wool, while offering the increased durability of a synthetic. Other materials used include Lycra Spandex or Elasthan, which provide the hugging elastic. Please note that neither Spandex nor Elasthan contain rubber! In fact there are only a very few socks from our manufacturers that do contain rubber. All garments contain Spandex or Elasthan to give the support socks or support stockings the stretch. An example of socks with acrylic, nylon and Elasthan are the Therafirm Core-Spun.

Natural fibers would seem to be a good choice, but some have drawbacks. Cotton, as we have already discussed, is not a good choice. Wool manages moisture well, and wicks moisture away from your feet. Wool provides good padding and warmth, and can absorb up to a third of its weight in water without feeling damp or losing much of its insulating ability. Something you may not have known…wool regulates temperature well keeping feet cool as well as warm. However, wool is also less durable than most synthetic materials, and does not hold its shape well. So that we may have the best of both worlds (natural fibers and man made fibers) our manufacturers are now creating blends of fine wool, nylon, and spandex. Examples of the mix of fine Australian Merino Wool, nylon, and spandex mix are the Sigvaris Merino Wool and the Sigvaris Thermoregulating Wool .

Now last, but by no means least is a patented, intimate blend of synthetic and natural fibers that accelerates the water release rate of wet fabric. Dri-Release® is a micro blend performance yarn that feels like cotton. Rather than just spreading moisture across its surface, Dri-Release® actually pushes moisture to the outside of a garment, releasing water and perspiration. Tests show it dries four times faster than cotton and faster than any other performance fabric on the market. Dri-Release® is the preferred performance fabric for athletes all over the world. The unparalleled performance and moisture transferring qualities of Dri-Release® help these many athletes perform at the top of their game every time. One of the socks we have previously mentioned, Sigvaris Recovery Sock, is an example of a sock containing the Dri-Release® yarn.

In conclusion if shopping for what many of us call support hose, compression hosiery, support socks and many other names, a garment with high contents of synthetic fibers will tend to give us longer wear, provide wicking action to remove moisture from our feet and provide ample padding. Top of this list of synthetic fibers is the new yarn which was developed Optimar called Dri-Release®. It is the very same yarn used in socks worn in bicycle races and triathlons by well know athletes. Socks containing wool are also a good choice because it is  thermo regulating, moisture wicking, insulating, breathable, and durable. 


Happy Activities,

Vanda
SupportHosePlus.com

April is Foot Health Month

Your feet are the most working part of your body. It is estimated that the average person walks about 115,000 miles in their lifetime – enough to walk around the world 4 right-foottimes. The human foot is an amazing and complex structure. The foot contains 26 bones (about 1/4 of all the bones in the body). Your feet support your body and help maintain balance. Walking is the best exercise for your legs as well as your feet and provides the lowest impact on your joints and bones. Walking provides the exercise needed to maintain your weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes for non-insulin dependent individuals. Walking also helps in maintaining your mental well being. While walking, you can assist your venous circulatory system by wearing your support socks or support stockings. We have many fine socks available to assist you at Support Hose Plus.

To Keep Your Feet Happy:

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

Your physician is your best source of information.
Please talk to your physician about any symptoms or problems you are experiencing with your legs or feet.

Healthy feet are happy feet!

Vanda
www.supporthoseplus.com

Wear the Right Socks or Stockings with the Right Shoes

Socks are high on the list of everyday items we take for granted. Socks can make a huge difference in the health and comfort of everyday life. Socks and stockings can make a difference to not only to those with venous insufficiency, but also to those with diabetes and arthritis. People who wear the wrong socks can develop blisters, infections, and a bundle of assorted other maladies of the foot. Compression socks and stockings have many properties to keep the foot healthy; including increasing the circulation and keeping the feet dry. All have moisture–wicking ability. They wick the moisture from the inside of the sock to the outside to keep the foot nice and dry. Many socks have extra padding and cushioning which decreases shear and friction to the foot.

There has been a great misconception that cotton socks were best for the feet, but several studies have shown that although the cotton absorbs the moisture well, cotton does not wick the moisture away from the foot. Cotton when wet, looses its cushion, stretches out, and wrinkles causing blisters. More durable synthetic blended fibers wick moisture away from the foot and maintain the cushioning affect.

No other part of the body has more sweat glands per square inch than the feet. Wet feet can lead to maceration, sometimes skin that experiences long periods of maceration becomes vulnerable to fungal and bacterial infection. As opportunistic organisms affect the area, it may become itchy or develop a foul odor. What’s more, because the skin is so much softer, it’s also more susceptible to injury from rubbing or friction. The solution is to keep the feet dry.

Jobst Mens CasualWool is an excellent fiber to regulate moisture as well as temperature. Synthetic fibers has very good insulation qualities as well as its ability to absorb moisture. There are many other products which are used in the wicking and anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of socks. Among them are silver. Even in ancient times these silver was used as anti-fungal and antibacterial materials. Silver is woven into the garments and does not wash out.

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Along with the myth of wearing cotton socks, we have the myth of wearing white socks. It was thought that the dyes used in the garment could leach and harm already compromised feet. While white socks do allow those who have diabetes or neuropathy to keep a closer eye on their feet, the dyes of today are greatly improved.

The fit of stockings and socks can and is most important. Loose fitting socks as well as socks that fit too tight can be equally detrimental. Loose fitting socks in shoes can cause wrinkles and sores. If you have shoes that were fit with thin socks, don’t try to switch to a thicker sock thinking you can give your feet a treat. This can make the shoe fit to tightly and decrease circulation.

Care of the legs is equally important as care of the feet. Good circulation in the legs is critical to healthy legs and feet. Compression stockings help in control of venous insufficiency. The stockings increase the blood flow by assisting the venous valves and help decrease edema.

So wear the right socks or stockings with the right shoes.

Remember, support socks and support stockings can make great stocking stuffers.

Hang the Stockings by the Chimney with Care and

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS

September is Healthy Ageing Month

September, “Healthy Aging” month, was started to give seniors and those “almost seniors” a way to make little changes in their lives which can greatly affect their quality of life down the road. Now you and I know growing older is one of the hardest things we have done. (Perhaps it is just something we thought would never happen to us.) We need to look at the positive aspects and not the negative aspects. We need to realize that it is not too late to take control, because it is never too late to start something new.

I read something the other day… “Dance like there’s no tomorrow”, it really caught my eye. Just as getting better oxygen flow to the lower extremities by wearing support stockings or support socks improves your leg health; exercise increases the oxygen to the brain. Older adults involved in regular physical activity are less likely to get dementia.

No matter our age, we should all be eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. We still have a great abundance available in the markets and we should be taking advantage of the difference they can make in our health. For example a woman my age should be eating at least 1.5 cups fresh fruit and 2 cups of vegetables a day. If you are not eating at least this, you are neglecting your health. Fresh fruits and vegetable contain fiber as well as vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight chronic diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular diseases, and some cancers.

As you all know regular check ups with your physician are also an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Although there are many tests that should be done, blood sugar for diabetes, colonoscopies for colon cancer, mammogram for breast cancer, and bone density for osteoporosis are a must as well as keep an eye on your blood pressure.

There are so many small steps you can take so you can enjoy “Healthy Aging” “Dance like there is no tomorrow”, eat healthy, and breath deep and slow.

Here’s to our “Healthy Aging”,

Vanda

Travelers’ Thrombosis

Each year during the summer travel months we try to send a reminder to our clients about how important it is to wear compression socks or stockings for your leg health especially when you travel.

Deep Vein Thrombosis which may occur shortly after a long trip has traditionally been called Economy Class Syndrome because of the relatively confined conditions associated with economy class travel. However, a thrombosis (blood clot) is not restricted to such and the alternative term of “Travelers’ Thrombosis” has been suggested. Travelers’ Thrombosis is not exclusively associated with air travel, in fact it has been associated with travel by car, bus or even train following trips as short as four hours.

Thrombosis is more common in the left leg, probably because the femoral artery in that leg passes anterior to the vein, and may compress it, resulting in a decreased blood flow (stasis), and possibly a blood clot. Symptoms do not usually develop immediately after travel, but more typically within three days of arrival. Symptoms may manifest themselves as long as 2 weeks after a long trip. Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that breaks loose and travels to the lung) may be the first symptom, without any symptoms in the lower legs.

A study was conducted using 20 individuals…10 with risks for venous thrombosis and 10 without risks. They flew from Vienna to Washington and 2 days later returned to Vienna. Measurements of the legs were taken between the 5th and 8th hr of flight to Vienna, 1 day and 3 days after completion of their travel. The results showed no difference between the two groups, but there was a significant increase in the volume of the legs caused by edema (swelling of the legs) and they remained swollen 1 day after arrival in Vienna. This suggested that sitting in a cramped position, immobile with compression of  the popliteal vein (which carries the blood from the knee joint and muscles in the thigh and calf back to the heart) results in venous stasis and thus an increased risk of DVD because of Travelers’ Thrombosis.

For those people who have no problems with circulation in their legs, a 15-20 mmHg or “Travel Sock” is quite adequate. For those of us who are already predisposed to leg problems, a 20-30 mmHg or greater is a must!

Both unusually tall, and short individuals, are particularly vulnerable to Travelers’ Thrombosis. Most seats used for travel are designed for safety with fairly rigid metal frames. The metal bar at the front edge may compress the popliteal vein and result in venous stasis.


Just remember to wear your support socks or support stockings when you travel and continue to wear them for the next day after your arrival at your destination to make sure your legs return to normal size. As for me I will be wearing my Mediven Sheer and Soft or Mediven Comfort and Rod will probably be wearing the Sigvaris 230 Cotton. For us they are great choices because we are short. Many other folks prefer the Jobst ActiveWear, Sigvaris Recovery, or Juzo Silver Sole. Whatever your favorite compression sock or compression stocking, be sure you have it on!

Hope you enjoy your travels!

Vanda