March is DVT Awareness Month 2013

I find it very interesting that we all fear diseases such as cancer, AIDS and even being in an auto accident, but few of us have a fear of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE). We really should. Blood clots from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) cause more deaths than breast cancer, AIDS AND motor vehicle accidents combined. DVT’s are preventable.

There are certain people and certain times in our lives when we have increased risk of DVT. The most common risk factors include:

  • Prior family history of DVT’s
  • Diabetics
  • Cancer
  • Travel – especially long distances with little or no movement
  • Over 40 years of age
  • Over weight or obesity
  • Smoking
  • Surgery
  • Post-partum

Blood clots are usually formed in the deep veins of usually lower extremities (although it can occur anywhere in the body). When this happens, a piece of the clot can break loose and travel through the blood stream to the lung. This is a potentially life-threatening complication of DVT.

The symptoms of DVT may not be noticeable. There may be some pain in the muscle, some swelling, sudden onset of discoloration (bluish, purplish or reddish skin color) and that part of the body may feel warmer. This is not the time to wait. You should visit your primary care physician immediately.

Symptoms of PE can be dramatic. There may be shortness of breath, chest pain (which may become worse with a deep breath), unexplained cough (with or without blood) or unexplained rapid heart rate. This is the time you should go to the emergency room immediately!

More to come next week,

Vanda
http://www.supporthoseplus.com

Diabetes Effects on Veins

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and I thought I would take a few minutes to discuss the effects of diabetes on veins. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. High blood sugar can damage blood veins and lead to blocked veins which can impair circulation. With poor circulation, small cuts or scrapes are more difficult to heal and can lead to venous ulcers. High blood sugars can also cause nerve damage which can make it tough for a diabetic to feel a blister or sore spot that is developing. Prevention of blisters and sore spots in and on the feet is paramount for diabetics.

As we age one of the changes we experience is the formation of varicose veins. Varicose veins is now the 10th leading chronic condition of people over the age of 64. People with diabetes have an even greater challenge because changes in the blood make blood clots in the deep veins of the legs more likely to form. These are called deep vein thrombosis or DVT and can travel to the lungs and become a pulmonary embolism. Patients with Diabetes have a 1.5 times increased risk of DVT or Pulmonary embolism. Good news for diabetics over 50…diabetics who are less than 50 years old have this higher risk of DVT or Pulmonary embolism.

Foot Care Tips

  • 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.

Selecting the correct pair of socks for the diabetic is crucial. Some diabetics may require a higher compression such as a 15-20mmHg or 20-30mmHg, but other diabetics just need the foot care the Jobst SensiFoot can provide. Jobst has designed the SensiFoot Diabetic Socks especially for the diabetic’s unique needs. The SensiFoot combines comfort with the protection needed from diabetes related foot problems.

SensiFoot Knee High, Crew and Mini Crew from SupportHoseStore.com

SensiFoot Socks have:

  • Non-irritation toe seam
  • Multi-fiber yarns that separate the SensiFoot Socks from other socks
  • Non-constricting yarns
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal finish

We just happen to have SensiFoot Diabetic Socks on sale right now… Buy 3 pair get one of like kind free while supplies last! The free pair will appear in your cart, but You must choose the size and color of your free selection in your cart!

Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose (in the compression necessary for your diagnosis) is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy whether you are diabetic or not.

Thanks for shopping at SupportHosePlus.com,

Vanda

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

Give Your Feet the Attention They Deserve

Time to get your feet in shape for summerSupport Hose Plus would like remind you April is Foot Health Awareness Month. The warm spring weather brings us out of our winter hibernation and we dust off our summer sandals and head out to give our footsies a pedicure. It is time for you to put your feet first and take time to inspect your feet daily and give them the attention they deserve.Each stride the average adult takes puts nearly 1000 pounds per square inch of pressure on the bottom of the feet. It is evident that nearly each one of us will suffer some type of foot pain during our lives. So it is appropriate that we stop and inspect our feet.

  • Do they hurt?
  • Are they rough, dry and calloused?
  • Are they swollen?
  • What is the appearance of the toe nails-are they discolored or brittle?

If yes, perhaps it is time that you schedule an appointment with a qualified podiatrist.

Our feet are always there to take us where we need to go. Healthy feet are fundamental to the quality of our daily life. We need to care for them so they are ready to go when we are. Don’t ignore heel pain, toe pain, corns, calluses or bunions! If your feet hurt, something is wrong. It was President Abraham Lincoln who said, “When my feet hurt, I can’t think.” Taking a walk is a great way to help in maintaining your mental and physical well-being. Walking provides the exercise needed to maintain a healthy body weight and increase circulation in the lower extremities. When you walk, wearing support socks and support stockings can help you increase your circulation.

As we have said many times before – Healthy Feet are Happy Feet

to keep them that way:Keep you mind and body healthy by walking with support socks from SupportHoseStore.com

  • Inspect your feet daily
  • 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 stockings every day to assist your venous system and protect your feet

We have many fine compression socks (athletic support socks) which will do just that:

  • Sigvaris Athletic Performance Sock – Athletic Performance Sock for the competitive athlete or the weekend warrior – for men and women in 20-30mmHg compression
  • Mediven Thrombexin – Cushioned sole and heel to enhance wearing comfort and Clima-Comfort fiber technology wicks the perspiration from the body – for men and women 16-20 and 20-30mmHg compression
  • Juzo Silver Sole – Diabetic friendly with pillowed sole – for those with foot problems such as foot odor or Athletes’ Foot – lo-cut, crew and knee styles for men and women in 12-16mmHg
  • Jobst forMen Ambition – Seamless toe with dri release for superior moisture management and 360 degree cushioned foot for greater wearing comfort – for men and women in 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmHg compression
  • Sigvaris Recovery Sock – Active therapy – active recovery – for men and women in 15-20mmHg compression
  • Sigvaris Cotton – 25% Egyptian Cotton – 100% cotton skin contact –ideal for those with sensitive skin – double-wrapped spandex yarns feel soft to the touch and provide durability 20-30 and 30-40mmHg for men and women
  • Jobst SensiFoot – Another great sock for the Diabetic with non-constricting gradient compression – flat, soft, non-irritating toe seam – moisture-wicking fibers help keep your feet dry – an antimicrobial finish inhibits fungal and bacterial growth on the sock in mini-crew, crew and knee high styles for men and women
  • Sigvaris Cushioned Cotton Socks – 80% supima cotton-naturally breathable, soft and hypo-allergenic – draws moisture away from the skin – soft, cushioned sole, heel and toe – flat,low-friction toe seams – diabetic friendly – 142 for women and 182 for men 15-20mmHg compression

Thanks for shopping SupportHosePlus.com,
Vanda

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is national diabetes awarenss monthDiabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Diabetes can lead to circulation issues and nerve damage in the feet, which can make it tough for you to feel a blister or sore spot that is developing. Prevention of blisters and sore spots in and on the feet is paramount for diabetics.

Choose the right socks –

  • Socks with little cotton content
  • Socks that create less friction
  • Socks that have extra padding to provide added protection

Whether or not you or someone you know or love is Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, diabetes is a serious health condition and affects many parts of your body, especially your feet and legs.

The American Diabetes Association gives Foot Care Tips:

    • Look at and touch your feet everyday.
    • Keep your feet clean and dry.
    • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing out all sharp edges. (Support Hose Store suggests you see a Podiatrist regularly)
    • Moisturize dry skin with a lotion.
    • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails treated by a professional.
    • Wear well-fitting, soft leather or fabric shoes.
    • Check shoes daily for cracks, pebbles, or other things that might damage your feet.
    • Get your blood glucose under control
    • Wear well-fitting socks, without a thick toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from the skin.

And be aware of:

    • Changes in skin color or temperature.
    • Swelling in the foot or ankle.
    • Pain in the legs.
    • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal.
    • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
    • Corns/Calluses/Bunions.
    • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.

 

Selecting the right pair of socks is a crucial part of your overall foot care routine. The Jobst Sensifoot diabetic sock has been designed with a diabetic’s unique needs in mind. Sensifoot combines the comfort you want in an everyday sock with the protection you need from diabetes-related foot problems. Sensifoot socks have extra padding, a non-irritating toe seam, and multi-fiber yarns that separate Sensifoot socks from other socks. In addition to being non-constricting with an antibacterial, anti-fungal finish, the Jobst Sensifoot sock is a wonderful sock!

Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy.

Thank you for shopping with Support Hose Plus,

Vanda

SUPPORT STOCKINGS FOR EVERY FACET OF YOUR LIFE

Support hose have certainly come a long way!  In the past several years, support stockings have improved dramatically!  Whether you call them hose, stockings, or socks, all terms apply.  Because now we have the ability to choose between so many different types, that you do not have to sacrifice your fashion for your comfort, or your comfort for your fashion, no matter what type of shoe you wear every day, and no matter what type of activity you are performing. null carries the four major manufacturers of support hose just so you will have a choice.

Sigvaris Athletic Performance Sock

Did you know that there are compression stockings available for every facet of your life?  There is stylish leg therapy and comfortable leg therapy; they are now one in the same! There is a stocking to go with every pair of shoes you own.  There is a stocking to match almost every outfit you have in your closet.  There are athletic socks available for different athletic activities, also some for daily wear, some for performance with extra padding over the Achilles tendon and some for wearing post-exercise for lactic acid reduction (recovery).

Jobst Patterned UltraSheer Thigh High StockingThere are knee high, knee high with silicone band at the top to help to keep it in place, thigh high, thigh high with patterns,  waist high, chap-style, men’s leotards, control top, non-control top, stockings with silver fibers interwoven for antibacterial/antimicrobial use, dress socks, athletic socks, sheer stockings which are more durable and patterned. This list goes on and on with lots of different shades of beige, suntan, mocha, black, off-black, sand, white, off-white, navy, gray, brown, and khaki.

For Women: 

  • Sheer (Panty Hose,Thigh Highs, Knee Highs)
  • Trouser Socks and Patterned Trouser Socks
  • Patterned for Special Occasions
  • Athletic Socks (durable and woven with dri-release yarns)
  • Athletic Performance and Athletic Recovery Socks
  • Opaque (soft and durable) Knee High, Thigh High, Waist High)
  • Stockings and Socks Woven with Silver for Antimicrobial / Antibacterial Use
  • Maternity
  • Chap-Style

 

 

For Men:

Medi For Men

  • Dress Socks Knee and Thigh High (Ribbed, Smooth, Ample in Heel and Toe, Designed Specifically for Men). Some are Anatomically Designed with a Labeled Left and Right Sock
  • Casual Socks Some with a Touch of Wool
  • Athletic Socks (Durable and Woven with Dri-release Yarns)
  • Athletic Performance and Athletic Recovery Socks
  • Men’s Leotards
  • Chap-Style
  • Stockings and Socks with Silver for Antimicrobial / Antibacterial Use

Compression stockings should not only do their job, but they should look great, be relevant, and look appropriate, too.The Certified Fitters at Support Hose Plus will be glad to assist you and your friends in the ins and outs of compression stockings. As you know, SupportHosePlus.com carries all the major brands of support hose, so regardless of the size or height of the person we will be able to fit them in the correct stockings.

Most people own at least several different styles for different daily activities.

For instance, you wear a higher compression pantyhose for daily wear at the office, but you would love to have a pair of patterned trouser socks for periodic use, or use with your new fashion boots, or you need a pair for that special weekend coming up or the wedding you are attending. You can certainly wear a lighter compression for a few hours for something special. This is much better than going without compression – you’ll feel better physically and feel better knowing you have some compression. Say, someone typically wears a 20-30mmHg waist high pantyhose for every day wear. Most of the time, underneath pants, someone may wear a more durable opaque hose. You will also need to own at least one sheer pair for special occasions, and, of course, knee high socks, the athletic type, for wear with tennis shoes or boots. The athletic type knee high has a great release sewn into the top so they do not cut off circulation around the knee bend. There are several compressions available in the athletic sock. You may also want a pair of thigh highs for warmer days when you need more air circulation.

The combination of garments to meet your needs is endless. The bottom line is, there are more colors and fabrics available now than ever before in compression stockings. Support Hose Plus wants you to know that we are here to help you meet all of your compression garment needs.
Thanks for shopping at SupportHosePlus.com,
Vanda