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  • Cute Compression Socks for May–Thurner Syndrome (MTS)

    May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS), also known as Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome, is a rare condition that occurs when the left iliac vein is compressed by the right iliac artery. When the artery blocks blood flow, it can lead to the development of blood clots. MTS often affects young women who have given birth and is five times more likely to occur in the left leg than the right. It is rare to have MTS in the right extremity. Symptoms of May-Thurner Syndrome are similar to restless legs, and can also include pain in the thighs, hips or in the lower back, swelling, or the development of varicose veins in the affected area.

    This condition is most often diagnosed after a blood clot forms and the patient is diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). If the blood clots break off, they can travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which is life threatening. DVT symptoms include swelling, pain, warmth in the affected area, redness or discoloration. If you think you may have a blood clot, see your doctor right away to decrease your risk of complications.

    Michelle Dalton Tyree has been diagnosed with Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome. To manage her condition Michelle, must wear compression socks or stockings every day and takes blood thinners to help prevent clotting. She was so excited to hear about cute compression socks like Rejuva, Vim & Vigr and Sockwell! For those who have to wear compression socks to manage medical conditions, we offer fashionable compression socks in a variety of compression levels for both men and women.

    Compression socks help to manage and prevent a variety of ailments, including varicose veins, swelling, fatigue, lymphedema, diabetes, DVT, Dysautonomia and much more. For medical compression socks or more compression options, please see our sister site, BrightLife Direct.

    To hear more about Michelle's story, check out her feature from 89.3KPCC.

     

  • Dress Like The Stars In These Compression Socks

    Jessica Alba Look Book
    Dress like Jessica Alba and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

    These stylish celebrities wear compression socks when flying to protect their legs against blood clots, swelling and fatigue. Whether you're on a plane or embarking on a long car ride, throw on a pair of compression socks to keep your legs fresh, healthy and energized.

    We were inspired by these health-conscious fashionistas, so we put together a traveler's style guide to combine fashion and health, comfortably. Here's how to get the look:


    Jessica AlbaJessica Alba wears compression socks when she travels

    The Look: Sigvaris Performance Compression Socks

    Jessica Alba opted for a pair of Sigvaris Performance Compression Socks in Black on a recent flight. These socks are designed for athletes to boost performance and protect against injury. These high-tech socks are made with moisture-wicking fibers to keep your feet cool, comfortable and dry.

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    How To Wear It:

    Jessica Alba Style Guide


    Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar wears compression socks while flying

    The Look: Sockwell Circulator Stripe Compression Socks

    Sarah Michelle Gellar protected her legs in a stylish pair of striped Sockwell compression socks. These cute compression socks come in a variety of colors and are ideal for traveling or wearing during long periods of sitting or standing. These soft socks provide arch support for comfortable, all day wear.

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    How To Wear It:
    Sarah Michelle Gellar Style Guide

    No matter what your style is, it's important to wear compression socks when you fly to protect your legs and reduce your risk of DVT. We have lot of cute compressions socks in a variety of patterns and colors. Travel in style with looks from the biggest fashion brands like Rejuva, Vim & Vigr, Sockwell and more.

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  • Compression Socks For Nurses

    Many jobs often require you to work long hours and can take a toll on our health. When we sit or stand for long periods of time, it's hard on our body. Nurses know this struggle well. After a shift of constantly being on their feet, it's no surprise that their legs hurt. But nurses know how to fight the pain with a secret weapon - compression socks! Here are some nurse-approved favorites:

    Sockwell Compression Socks

    Sockwell compression socks come in a large variety of colors and patterns, and provide therapeutic compression to prevent fatigue and swelling while to energizing legs. These breathable socks are made with a soft, Merino wool fabric that is naturally thermoregulating to keep your legs cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. Merino wool is also antibacterial, moisture-wicking and blister-proof so your feet are always dry and healthy. Sockwell compression socks feature a lightly cushioned sole to keep your feet comfortable, even after a long shift. These socks provide 15-20 or 20-30 mmHg of graduated compression to prevent varicose veins and blood clots while traveling.

    Compression Socks for Nurses - SockwellWhy Wear Sockwell?

    - Comfortable in any weather: Thermoregulating and moisture-wicking

    - Protection: Antibacterial, blister-proof and durable

    - Sensitive-feet approved: Lightly cushioned sole and seamless toe inclosure

    - Take-your-pick variety: Large selection of colors and patterns for men and women

    - Preventive: Reduce swelling, fatigue, blood clots and varicose veins

    - Choose your style: compression socks or leg sleeves

     

    Vim & Vigr Compression Socks

    Another great choice for nurses is VIM & VIGR compression socks. Known for their fashionable style, these comfortable socks are designed for everyday wear. Choose from wool, cotton or nylon socks in classic stripes, polka dots and argyle patterns. These cute compression socks feature a contoured leg and heel for a great fit, plus a roomy toe pocket so your toes aren't constricted. It's not always easy to find stylish socks that fit a large calf, but rest assured, Vim & Vigr has you covered. Wide calf sizing is available in a few styles. These socks are great to wear everyday, while traveling or exercising to prevent fatigue and swelling. Vim & Vigr is also a great choice for expecting moms! Select styles are now available in two compression levels.

    cute compression socks for nurses - Vim & VigrWhy Wear Vim & Vigr?

    - Fashionista-approved: Available in the hottest patterns and colors

    - The perfect fit: Contoured leg and heel, plus wide calf options for larger legs

    - Take your pick of fabric: Cotton, wool and nylon in many styles

    - Healthy legs: Energize legs while preventing swelling, blood clots and fatigue

    - Compression for everyone: Designed for men & women in 15-20 & 20-30 mmHg

    - Baby bump friendly: Great to prevent cankles and varicose veins

     

     

    To get rid of that tired, achy feeling in your legs and feet at the end of the day socks that provide 15-20 mmHg compression are ideal. This level of compression is perfect to wear everyday, while traveling or after exercising to speed up muscle recovery. 15-20 mmHg of compression helps to prevent blood clots as well as spider and varicose veins. If your legs are swollen at the end of the day from sitting or standing for long periods of time, compression socks can help ease the pain.

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  • Plantar Fasciitis Treatment and Prevention

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    One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the middle foot bones. Pain and inflammation occurs when the plantar fascia is strained. Plantar fasciitis is a common running injury, but can also be caused by standing on hard surfaces for a long time, high arches or flat feet, and wearing shoes that don't or lack support.

    If your heel hurts as soon as you get out of bed in the morning or you suffer from lots of pain at night, there are some things you can do for relief. First things first - rest. If you stay on your feet, this stress will make the pain and swelling worse. Put ice on your feet to reduce inflammation and pain.

    When you have to walk around, wear shoes that have lots of support, cushioning and shock absorption. Shoes with great arch support can also help. You can even use shoe inserts to add some extra comfort and protection.

    Compression socks and sleeves can also help ease the pain. The zensah foot sleeve for plantar fasciitisZensah Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve is designed to relieve arch and heel pain and is made from a moisture-wicking fabric with silver ions that keeps your feet cool, dry and free from odor and bacteria. This foot sleeve uses targeted T-band compression to lift and stabilize the plantar fascia. This sleeve is designed to fit comfortably in your shoes, so you can wear it whenever you need. The Zensah Plantar Fasciitis foot sleeve is made for men and women and comes in white or black. Great to wear all day or while exercising.

    Sockwell ankle compression socks for plantar fasciitisAnother option to relieve the pain from plantar fasciitis is the Sockwell Plantar Ease ankle sock for women. Made from cashmerino wool, which is naturally antibacterial and thermo-regulating fabric These soft, stretchy ankle socks provide 20-30 mmHg of compression at the arch of the foot to sooth and minimize pain, while increasing circulation to reduce swelling. These socks are also designed with a seamless toe to prevent irritation and fit comfortably into your normal shoes. These ankle socks provide a more subtle look for plantar fasciitis than a foot sleeve.

    To help speed up the heeling process, try doing a couple of exercises each day to help stretch the plantar fascia and achilles tendon. These stretches are particularly good to do in the morning for flexibility and strength.

    Once you've finally healed, be very careful to avoid plantar fasciitis in the future. Make sure you are always wearing comfortable, well padded shoes - especially when running or walking long distances. You should also stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon regularly, whether or not your are exercising. Also try to avoid walking or working out on hard surfaces as to not cause irritation.

    Plantar fasciitis

  • Compression Socks for Runners

    Zensah argyle compression socks“If you're not fast you might as well be stylish,” one of my family friends tells a stranger as he stops to ask us about our socks. We were standing in the metro sweaty and heading back home after a five mile run through DC. Indeed we were quite a site to see, me in a purple outfit with Zensah Argyle compression socks in a checkered pink and gray pattern and her with bright red knee high socks (she is a huge University of Arkansas Razorbacks fan). During the run we ran the huge, mountainous hill right by the capital. I mean it's a beast and at that point we had already run up to four miles. I know for most runners four miles is a breeze, but like we established “we might as well be stylish.” Anyway, I am not sure if it is me building up my endurance or the compression socks, but we flew up that hill. I mean we charged it like Bunker Hill flying past the men and women heading home from work. As we finally reached the top of the hill my legs were tired, but not like they normally would be and I attribute that to my compression socks.

    That's because compression socks are designed to improve circulation to flush out lactic acid for a shorter recovery time, boost performance and provide protection and relief from injuries like shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Many professional athletes swear by compression socks and calf sleeves to keep their legs energized during a race or while training. Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi proudly sports his CEP compression socks while competing in marathons and during training. CEP offers a wide range of performance socks and sleeves in bright blues, greens, pinks and purples for men and women, as well as classic white and black.

    Meb Keflezighi, a 38-year-old immigrant from war-torn Eritrea, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years, crosses the finish line. The 118th running of the Boston Marathon and the first since the bombing at the finish line last year on Monday, April 21, 2014. Staff Photo by Nancy Lane

    If you want to enhance performance, keep your legs energized with 20-30 mmHg compression. This level of compression is ideal if you want to push yourself during your run. Graduated compression also helps to stabilize and support muscles to reduce fatigue as well as soreness and swelling. Performance compression socks are very popular among runners to run farther, faster without the pain. Most athletic compression socks are made with a breathable, lightweight fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you cool and dry.

    In this photo released by Disney, Adriano Bastos, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Bastos won the 26.2-mile race through all four Walt Disney World theme parks with an official time of 2:22:08. (AP Photo/Disney, Matt Stroshane)

    Most marathoners and #runchat lovers have heard of notorious athletic brands like CEP, Zensah and 2XU. Why? Because they work. Many professional athletes religiously rock these brands while competing, most noticeably due to their bright colors. Zensah compression socks and leg sleeves come in a ton of colors. It's like opening a box of Crayola crayons and taking your pick! These compression garments feature a simple colored background, so they can easily be paired with any workout gear or hidden subtly under clothes at work. They're also great for matching the perfect outfit for themed races. Zensah also offers a couple pairs of cute patterned travel socks to wear on the way to your marathon to keep your legs fresh. The Zensah plantar fasciitis sleeve is a crucial item to have at the ready since it is such a common injury among runners. It fits comfortably in your normal socks and shoes so you can get back to running in no time.

    2XU is the official compression sponsor of some of the world's best professional teams and champions, and is also a proud sponsor of Ironman. 2XU stands for "two times you" and these products do the name justice. 2XU compression socks and calf sleeves are lightweight, made from an antibacterial and moisture-wicking fabric that even provides UPF50+ sun protection! These high-tech socks provide muscle containment to reduce fatigue and damage. Unlike most compression socks, 2XU socks are safe to sleep in, so if you're a runner that swears by sleeping in your socks, these breathable socks are a great choice for you.

    2XU compression socks

    If you're looking for the perfect "all-in-one" performance and recovery sock, try a pair of socks that provides 15-20 mmHg of compression, so your legs stay energized and heal quickly. This level of compression is also recommended for travel and everyday wear, so you can even wear them to work so your legs are rested for a run afterwards. If you need all-over coverage, try a pairing your socks with the Zensah Recovery Capri - great to wear during or after a run, while traveling, or during the day to promote healing. It is made with an anti-odor, moisture-wicking fabric that thermo-regulates to keep you comfortable at any temperature. This high-tech capri even prevents chafing and stabilizes muscles to prevent injury. You can see why a lot of runners have started wearing compression tights and capris!

    We all know that feeling when you over-do it and your legs are screaming. Luckily, there's an easy fix. After getting back from a long run, throw on a pair of recovery socks so you can get back out there the next day. If you suffered from shin splints in the past, compression socks can help prevent and relieve the pain, so an injury doesn't slow you down. To get the maximum recovery benefits, wear compression socks instead of sleeves. If you're wondering if you should try leg sleeves or socks, it's mostly up to your personal preference. Learn more about the difference between compression socks and sleeves, and see our recommendations in both styles for performance and recovery.

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  • Mothers Day Gift Guide

    Mother's Day is almost here! Whether she's a new mom or has a baby on the way, here are some great gifts for new moms.

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    Every mom deserves to be pampered. Start her day off with breakfast in bed or a bouquet of flowers. While she may not have time to hit the spa, give her some relaxation essentials to have a spa day at home. For an expecting mother, try a gift set filled with beauty products made specifically for moms-to-be, like lotions or body oils from the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Collection.

    You can't go wrong with jewelry for mother's day. Pick out a personalized charm or necklace like the rhinestone "It's A Boy" personalized charm locket shown above. You can get her jewelry anytime, so choose something that will remind her of this special mother's day.

    The most important gift you can give her for mother's day is health. If she has a baby on the way, wearing maternity leggings will help her take a load off. Leggings that provide light to mild compression help prevent swelling and energize tired, achy legs and feet. So, say goodbye to cankles and super sore feet!

    For a new mom, being comfortable while nursing is a huge priority. The Preggers Support Nursing Tank Top provides support for the abdomen and back to help recover after pregnancy. This tank top is made from a soft material that fits discreetly under clothes. Designed with seamless, form fitting design and a pull down front for nursing. Another great gift for new mothers is this clever 3-1 Maternity Hoodie as shown above. This jacket comes with two removable inserts: one to wear when you are pregnant, and another to wear when you want to carry the baby. This innovative jacket is even designed with two hoods for you and your child!

    Have other awesome mother's day gifts? Comment below to share!

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  • Compression Socks or Sleeves? What's the difference?

    CEP Compression Leg Sleeves

    Compression socks and sleeves are often worn by athletes to recover faster, energize legs and alleviate the pain from common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, cramping and Achilles strains. Graduated compression provides support, the stabilization of muscles and joints and helps to decrease fatigue, swelling and soreness.

    What's the difference between socks and sleeves?

    For the most part, wearing socks or sleeves is a personal preference. Leg sleeves are made without the foot portion of the sock and provide the same amount of compression as socks. If you have a lucky pair of ankle socks or sandals, you can still comfortably wear them with calf sleeves. Compression sleeves are also great for triathlons to keep you moving when switching from swimming to cycling. If you are experiencing swelling, you should not wear compression sleeves.

    To get the full recovery and performance benefits of compression, knee highs are ideal. If you are traveling, you should wear compression socks instead of sleeves to prevent blood from pooling in the ankles and feet. Compression socks are more effective in preventing blood clots (DVT) when flying or long periods of inactivity.

    What should I wear for performance or recovery?

    Zensah Compression SocksBoth compression socks and calf sleeves can be worn for performance and recovery. After a long run or tough workout, try 15-20mmHg compression socks to recover faster. To enhance performance, wear socks or sleeves that provide 20-30mmHg compression to boost endurance and to keep your legs feeling energized mile after mile. If you're looking for a sock or sleeve that you can wear for performance, recovery and travel, choose one that provides 15-20mmHg compression.

    Performance:

    1. 2XU Performance Run Socks and Sleeves are designed with a zoned breathability panel for increased air flow and provide UPF50+ sun protection. Made from a lightweight, antibacterial fabric, these socks stabilize muscles to reduce damage and fatigue.
    2. TheraSport Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 20-30mmHg compression and are made from a stretchy fabric that's easy to get on and off. Made with a moisture-wicking fabric to keep your feet cool and dry. Also anti-microbial to prevent odor.
    3. Sigvaris Performance Socks come in lots of bright colors and provide 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance and protect you from injury. Made with high-tech fibers for thermal and odor control. Stabilizes and reduces vibrations of active muscles.
    4. Solidea Micro Massage Leg Sleeves are made with a fabric that is activated as you move to massage your leg and reduces excess fluid [to help speed up recovery]. Made with a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that contains silver to reduces odor.

    Triathlons: The Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve provides 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance. They also dry quickly and are made with a fabric that won't deteriorate in salt, chlorine or fresh water. This style is also available in a 20-30mmHg compression sock.

    Marathons: CEP Progressive Run Socks are some of the most popular running socks out there. Many athletes like Meb Keflezighi are seen competing in them. These socks come in a variety of colors and provide 20-30mmHg of graduated compression so you can run farther, faster with a reduced risk of injury. Also available in calf sleeves.

    Recovery:

    1. Sigvaris Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to remove lactic acid and reduce delayed muscle soreness to speed up recovery. This sock is made with patented DriRelease fabric to eliminate odor and moisture, so you can wear it working out too!
    2. 2XU 24/7 Recovery Socks are designed with additional cushioning to the heel and balls of feet. These socks are safe to sleep in, so you can wake up rested and energized.
    3. CEP Recovery Socks provide graduated compression to reduce lactic acid and decrease muscle soreness. This style is also available with an open toe to wear with sandals.
    4. Therasport Recovery Compression Socks provide 15-20mmHg compression and are available in a variety of fun, eye-catching colors. This style is also available as a leg sleeve.

    Shin Splints: If you have shin splints, these Zensah leg sleeves are designed with wide ribbing for shin and calf support. Made from a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric with silver ions to reduce moisture, bacteria and odor. Great for runners, cyclists and triathletes.

    Plantar Fasciitis: Runners often suffer from plantar fasciitis. Get relief with the Sockwell Plantar Ease Ankle Sock. Made from anti-bacterial and thermo-regulating wool and features a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation. This ankle sock provides 20-30mmHg compression surrounding the arch to minimize pain and reduce inflammation.

    See for yourself! Zensah created a great chart to help you decide if you should wear calf sleeves or compression socks. What is your preference?

    Compression Socks or Sleeves?

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  • Best Socks For Restaurant Workers

     

    Sockwell Compression SocksIf you work in a restaurant, you are constantly on your feet. When I was a waitress, I remember coming home at the end of the day with tired legs and super sore feet. I tried different shoes (that were acceptable with the dress code) and propped my feet up when I got home, but shift after shift, my legs would still ache. As it turns out, prevention is key.

    Whether you are a waiter, waitress, bartender or chef, you can prevent fatigue at the end of your shift by wearing compression socks. Here are a few options that are perfect for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.

    More often than not, when you work in a restaurant, you have to wear a uniform or have guidelines to follow. If you're in need of a solid black sock, the VIM & VIGR Nylon Knee High is a great choice. It is made with moisture-wicking fabric to help keep your skin dry and cool, which is great if you get sweaty feet running from table to table! This sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to keep your legs energized, prevent swelling and relieve tired, achy legs. Another option is the Allegro Italian Cotton Knee High. This durable sock also provides 15-20mmHg compression and is designed with a super soft ribbed pattern and a reinforced heel and toe to prevent holes from your shoes rubbing. The Allegro Italian Cotton Sock is available in Grey, Black, Beige, Brown and Navy and is made for men and women.

    If you wear long pants (and your socks don't matter), or if you work in a place with a more relaxed dress code, try Sockwell compression socks. They come in tons of great patterns and colors. These socks are really soft and comfortable and make a big difference at the end of the day. Sockwell compression socks provide arch support and are designed with a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation. If you need a sock with more padding, try the Meta Cushion Sock, designed with Metatarsal Relief Technology to ease discomfort under the ball of the foot.

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  • Never Fly Without Compression Socks

    Best travel compression socks

    If you travel a lot (especially on an airplane), it is important to wear compression socks to prevent blood clots and leg fatigue. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), also known as "economy class syndrome", occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in your leg, and is a very serious matter. It can cause leg pain, swelling and can lead to complications like Pulmonary Embolism (PE).

    Frequent fliers must be very careful to avoid blood clots. One of the best ways is to wear compression socks or tights. Generally 15-20mmHg compression is recommended for traveling and everyday wear, but may vary by person. Luckily, compression socks come in tons of colors and patterns, so you can always look stylish anywhere you go. Be careful of "travel socks" - socks that do not say what level of compression they provide. These travel socks often do not provide any compression and will not protect you from blood clots. You often find them in convenience stores or grocery stores, so make sure to read the label, even on the ones at the airport!

    Even if you are a healthy individual, you are still at risk. Professional tennis player, Serena Williams suffered from a life threatening blood clot after a flight from Los Angeles to New York and back. She was diagnosed with PE, which was caused when part of the blood clot broke off and traveled to her lungs. She had to take a step back from her intense training to recover. Long flights increase your risk of a blood clot from sitting for a long period of time, even if you regularly stay active.

    Long periods of immobility and being dehydrated can increase your risk of DVT. Before your flight, make sure you drink lots of water and get some rest. Drinking something with a lot of electrolytes is also a great way to prevent dehydration. You should also try to avoid coffee or soda before your flight. If you are able to stretch or briefly walk around the cabin during the flight, it will also help prevent clotting. If there's room, store your carry-on in the overhead compartment to give you more room to stretch your legs out. Getting an isle seat is ideal to be able to get up and walk around for a few minutes. Lastly, comfort is key. Wear loose clothing so you don't restrict blood flow.

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  • Easter Style Guide

    Looking for style inspiration for Easter weekend? We've got it here! Although it's getting warm out, it's still not the perfect weather for bare legs. We suggest a light sheer stocking paired with a bright spring dress! Light compression stockings, like the EASE Sheer line, will keep your legs warm and energized, without distracting from the rest of your outfit.
    We love any excuse to go over the top with some fun, holiday-themed jewelry, so we found a few cute charm bracelets and necklaces that will have your family raving. And why not decorate your nails while you're decorating eggs? Check out the 32 Cute Nail Art Designs for Easter.
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