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Shin splints refers to pain, soreness and tenderness in your lower leg along the shinbone. Symptoms can also include minor swelling as well. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is caused by stress on the shinbone, which causes you to feel pain during physical activity, but in more serious cases, the pain is constant throughout the day. Shin splints can occur on the inside of your leg (medial shin splints) or on the outside of your leg (anterior shin splints).
You may be at risk of shin splints if:
Shin splints is very common among runners (especially beginners) and develops when runners switch up their routine, or are running too far, especially on uneven surfaces. Usually, your most dominant leg is affected. This pain can feel so severe that it will keep you from running or working out. If you are a new runner, make sure you don't push yourself! You want to increase the distance you are running gradually to avoid injuries like this.
"Pounding the pavement" quite literally can cause shin splints. Running downhill puts a lot of stress on the leg and can cause pain and swelling. Beware of running on uneven surfaces. Shin splint symptoms can come on gradually, so pay attention to what your body is telling you so you know the difference between fatigue and an injury.
It is extremely important to stretch. Also, make sure you are wearing comfortable, supportive shoes. If you already are wearing good running shoes, try getting shoe inserts for additional comfort and protection. You can also wear compression socks or sleeves to protect yourself from shin splints. Compression increases blood flow and helps to reduce swelling, pain and fatigue.
Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeves help to prevent and reduce the pain caused by shin splints. These are great if you already have a comfortable pair of ankle socks that you swear by - you can still wear them with these sleeves.
If shin splints go untreated, the pain will get worse and could result in a stress fracture. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to relieve the pain and feel better, fast. The most important thing you can do is rest. Even if the pain isn't stopping you from running or exercising, it's important to take a break and let it heal. It's definitely worth missing a couple days instead of a couple months if your injury gets worse!
A great tip for instant relief is to put ice on your shins to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Try icing your legs between 15-30 minutes every three to four hours for a couple days or until the pain subsides. If you are in a lot of pain, try an over-the-counter pain reliever.
You can do exercises to strengthen, prevent and recover from shin splints. One exercise is to trace the alphabet on the floor using your toes to strengthen and stretch out your calf and shin muscles. Do this with both of your legs four times in a row about three times a day. This exercise is great for recovering and prevention. To strengthen your shin muscles, try doing toe raises (2-3 sets of 10 to 20 reps). If you're looking to strengthen all of your lower leg muscles, do calf raises.
You can also wear compression socks or calf sleeves to speed up recovery, reduce swelling and fatigue and provide relief for aching legs. Therafirm Athletic Recovery Compression Socks are great to wear to recover after a long run and from injury too. These socks are designed specifically for men and women to provide the relief you need when training.
If you haven't already, invest in a foam roller to "roll" out kinks and break up muscle adhesions or knots. This also helps to increase blood flow. If you have had a stress fracture which caused your shin splints, it is advised that you do not use a foam roller. Check out this video for tips!
Once you are feeling better, remember to gradually lean back into your workout. Slow and steady wins the race!
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Say hello to two new brands on BrightLife Go - Allegro and Top & Derby. Allegro is our house brand on our sister site, BrightLife Direct. Allegro offers quality compression hosiery at an affordable price. Check out our exclusive Italian Collection below:
Available in Black, Mocha and Nude, these compression stockings are a must have for every fashionista. These extremely sheer knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose are designed in Italy out of only the finest fibers. The Italian Sheers provide 15-20mmHg compression, which is perfect for everyday wear, traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time.
The Italian Sheer Collection keeps your legs feeling energized and prevent fatigue in style. These silky stockings are stretchy and durable to keep you looking and feeling amazing all day long. The thigh highs are made with a gorgeous lace band that has two soft wide silicone bands inside to keep them from falling down, without squeezing your leg. The pantyhose are available in plus sizes and feature a soft knitted waistband that slims the tummy area.
This one of a kind sock is unlike any compression sock you've tried. This sock is so soft, it's hard to find the words to describe it! The Allegro Milk Sock is woven using milk fiber, a protein in milk called casein. Milk fiber, combined with viscose, nylon and spandex creates a sock so soft that you hardly notice the compression! The Allegro Milk Sock provides 18-22mmHg compression, which is ideal for traveling and everyday use. Great to wear with casual or dress clothing. Designed for men and women in Italy.
The Allegro Wool Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to keep your legs energized and ache-free. Wool is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool is also antibacterial to prevent odor and germs, which is great for hiking and exercising. The Allegro Wool Sock features a non-binding top band to keep the sock from falling down. This soft sock is made with an anatomical right and left foot portion and a reinforced heel and toe for durability.
These comfortable, ribbed socks are made with soft, "no shrink" Italian cotton and are available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compression. These durable socks are made with a reinforced heel and toe and are perfect to wear everyday and while traveling to prevent swelling and fatigue. The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks feature a non-binding top band to keep the sock in place. Designed in Italy for men and women.
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If you are planning a trip, check out these eye-catching travel socks. Introducing compression socks by Top & Derby. These socks are designed for men and women with 15-20mmHg graduated compression to reduce muscle fatigue and energize legs. Wear these stylish socks while traveling to prevent blood clots and swelling. Available in three fun colors: "Coral of the Story", "Going Bare Black" and "Not Your Grannys Smith." Ideal to wear as casual socks or to add some personality to your office attire. Top & Derby socks are designed in Canada.
It's no fun to spend half your workout trying to get on a pair of socks. If you struggle to get your compression socks on quickly and easily, this trick will save you tons of time and effort. Simply follow the easy steps below:
With the sock turned right side out, reach inside and grab the heel of the stocking.
Holding onto the heel of the sock, turn it inside out, stopping at the heel. This creates a "pocket" to stick your foot into.
Slide your foot all the way into the sock, just over the back of the heel. Adjust the toe and heel areas to make sure they are in the right place. Make sure the sock isn't twisted around!
Grab the top of the sock and pull it over your heel and up your leg. The sock should rest about two finger-widths below the crease of your knee.
Still need some help? Check out this video to learn more:
Tip: When you are putting on sheer stockings, be careful not to snag the material. You can wear kitchen or gardening gloves to protect the fabric. There are even special donning gloves made just for compression hosiery that you can find here.
If you're still struggling to get your compression socks on, there are donning devices and accessories you can use to make it easier.
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If you have large calves, you know the struggle of finding socks or jeans that comfortably fit. Finally, VIM & VIGR designed some fashion-friendly compression socks that won't squeeze:
This adorable striped compression sock is made with nylon and spandex and provides 15-20mmHg compression. If you sit or stand a lot during the day or your legs feel tired and achy, this sock will help to take the edge off. These socks are great to wear everyday to keep your legs looking and feeling healthy in style.
This cute, argyle-patterned sock is super smooth and soft. This sock is also thermo-regulating and provides 15-20mmHg compression, which helps to prevent swelling varicose veins and blood clots. It's important to wear compression socks when traveling (especially flying) to avoid blood clots or DVT's. Even professional athletes like Serena Williams have made this mistake!
Featuring a polka dot pattern these compression socks are now in a wide calf and provide 20-30 mmHg compression. This level of compression is ideal for boosting athletic performance, managing Dysautonomia (POTS), and to wear everyday or for travel to protect your legs from swelling and fatigue.
Finally, sheer compression socks with a wide calf! These affordable sheer stockings are a fantastic deal and are available in a variety of colors with a full calf size. These compression stockings provide 15-20 mmHg compression to keep you feeling energized and prevent tired, achy legs and feet.
VIM & VIGR wide calf compression socks are sized for calves up to 22". If you are looking for more options, check out our sister site, BrightLife Direct for tons of wide calf styles.
Not everything is black and white, but this fitness gear is! Here is your go-to guide for all your gym attire needs to help you meet your goals.
It is important to stretch before working out, so make sure to bring your Yoga mat! This helps to reduce the risk of injury. Foam rollers are a great way to stretch out muscles and work out kinks. Yoga is a great way to warm up and get in the zone. Most gyms offer fitness classes, including cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing and more. Check with your local gym to get involved. If you have the time, stretch afterwards, especially if you have gained a lot of muscle or aren't as flexible.
The only thing that's more important than stretching is staying hydrated. When you sweat you lose electrolytes. This can lead to dehydration or low sodium in the blood. Try to drink about 8-12 fluid ounces of water 10-15 minutes before you exercise and about 3-8 fluid ounces during your workout. This varies by person. Dehydration can take a toll on your performance, but it is also important to remember that you can overhydrate too, so make sure to drink what you feel comfortable with. There are lots of water bottles that filter tap water or are marked so you know how much you need to drink. Find the right one for you and don't forget to bring it with you!
First and foremost, compression socks are your must-have item for working out. The new TheraSport Athletic Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg graduated compression to improve circulation, which results in a shorter recovery time. Compression socks also help to prevent leg fatigue and blood clots. The TheraSport Athletic Performance Performance Sock provides 20-30mmHg and is perfect to wear while exercising. These soft, moisture-wicking socks help to keep your legs energized even during the toughest workouts.
You need comfortable shoes that support your feet without rubbing or pinching. You're not going to be able to give it your all if you're focused on shoes that hurt your feet. Thanks to Runner's World, you can take a quiz to find the best pair of running shoes for you. Runner's World gives you a whole list of shoes based on your preferences and even shows you where you can get them.
Make a playlist of your favorite "dance like no one's looking" songs and get a pair of headphones that won't get in your way while exercising. Ideally, wireless or noise-canceling headphones are great for the gym, but it is all up to personal preference.
If you're the competitive type, try out a Soleus Go Fitness Band to track your fitness goals, distance, average pace/speed, calories burned, step counter, sleep pattern and more. It even lets you set up alerts to keep you organized and updated.
Whether you're looking for something to shape or slim, Solidea has you covered. The Silver Wave Anti-Cellulite Capri reduces cellulite and slims your thighs, hips, butt and tummy. Micro Massage 3D fabric stimulates circulation to reduce cellulite and water retention. These capris are made with a breathable, antimicrobial fabric, which is perfect to wear while exercising.
Everyone has their own post-workout routines, but the things that most gym-lovers swear by are using foam rollers to stretch muscles, break up knots and improve flexibility. Make sure to slow down and give your body a rest before heading home to cool down. Taking the time to cool down (and wearing compression socks!) helps to prevent blood from pooling in the veins. Lastly, try to eat or drink something with lots of protein after you exercise to help speed up recovery.
2XU Compression Performance Socks and Sleeves are now available in new colors for men and women, including red, purple, green, blue, black, pink, white and navy. 2XU stands for “Two Times You” to represent the multiplication of human performance. 2XU Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which is ideal for athletes who want to enhance performance, decrease post-workout soreness, speed up recovery and prevent injury like shin splints. It is also great for traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time to reduce swelling, prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or other conditions.
I recently tried out a pair of the Ice Green 2XU Women’s Compression Performance Socks. I went for a run before heading to the gym. My legs felt energized and fresh my whole workout. A lot of the time, my legs will ache after running on pavement or a tough work out at the gym, but after wearing these socks the next day my legs didn’t feel sore at all. These socks provide 25-30mmHg graduated compression, which means that the most pressure is felt at the bottom of your leg and decreases going up towards the knee. The graduated compression helps with muscle containment and improving blood flow, which is why you recover faster and don’t feel as sore the next day. If you are training or regularly work out, these socks are for you. Plus, they’re safe to sleep in so you don’t always wake up limping!
2XU Performance socks are extremely lightweight, made with a zoned breathability panel as well as seamless stitching for airflow. This material is truly breathable and is perfect for hot weather. Many people shy away from wearing compression socks or sleeves during the summer because they can feel hot or constricting, but thanks to 2XU, you can wear them year-round. These high-tech socks also provide UPF50+ sun protection and are antibacterial. They are made with medical circular 360 degree knit construction from 72% Nylon and 28% Elastane.
Another great feature is that the socks are marked with either “L” or “R” so you always know which foot to put it on. They also have the size written on the bottom of the foot, which is nice so you don’t have to figure out what size you are later on. If you have sensitive feet or have a hard time getting compression socks on and off, you should consider the 2XU compression performance sleeves. Calf sleeves are a great alternative to wearing compression socks because you can wear them with any sock or shoe you want. I would highly recommend 2XU Compression Performance Socks or Sleeves to anyone who wants to get or stay in shape. To learn more about 2XU and how these products are made, click here.
Serena Williams has been making headlines as she beats out her opponents, including her older sister, Venus, at Wimbledon this year. This is Serena’s 15th time beating Venus out of the 26 times they have faced off. The sisters have been making history for years, but now it is Serena’s time to shine as she works her way towards the finish line. It’s hard to think that a few years ago, Serena felt like she was on her “death bed” when she developed a blood clot after a cross-country flight to see a doctor about her recent foot surgery. She was treated for a hematoma and pulmonary embolism (PE), which happens when a blood clot is in the lung.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside a vein. If part of the clot breaks off, it can travel into the lungs and block the flow of blood. This is a complication of DVT known as pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal if it is not caught quickly. Luckily for Serena, she discovered the clot after a trip to New York to see a doctor about her foot injuries. After having two surgeries on her foot and traveling back and forth between Los Angeles and New York, her risk of developing DVT and PE significantly increased. Surgery can slow down your blood circulation more than usual and being immobile during the recovery period may have contributed to her clot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 300,000 – 600,000 people develop blood clots annually. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood institute, there are about 100,000 cases of PE that are reported each year. You are more at risk of developing DVT if you have recently had a major surgery, sit or stand for long periods of time without moving around, or from increased amounts of estrogen in the body. Other factors include your family history, pregnancy, age, obesity, smoking or chronic medical illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and its treatment.
Many athletes are at risk of developing DVT and PE, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Jerome Kersey, a former forward for the Portland Trail Blazers also developed pulmonary embolism when a blood clot developed in his leg and traveled into his lung, later killing him. Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh also suffered from pulmonary embolism after a road trip with the team. The symptoms of PE include shortness of breath, sweating, anxiety, sharp chest pain, increased heart rate and coughing.
Why do athletes develop DVT when they are healthy and exercise? Between injuries, surgeries, long flights and tough work outs, athletes can be hard on their body. If you are dehydrated or have a low heart rate (a resting heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute), you are also more likely to develop a blood clot. When you are dehydrated, the plasma in your blood decreases, which makes your blood thicker and stickier.
Since her blood clot, Serena Williams has battled her way to becoming one of the most notorious female tennis players today. She has won 34 total grand slam titles, 67 singles titles, 5 Wimbledons, 4 Gold Medals and many more honors. Not even a life-threatening blood clot could stop her from achieving her dreams. If you have had a blood clot, DVT or PE, or you are at a higher risk of developing one, you can wear compression socks or sleeves to help prevent them. Compression socks increase circulation to reduce the chance of a blood clot forming. Wear them while you travel or while you work out to enhance performance, speed up the recovery time, reduce swelling and prevent injuries like shin splints.
This Father’s Day, give your dad something he will use instead of a gift that will sit on the shelf and collect dust. Here is your guide to finding the best gifts for dads who love the outdoors.
Now that the weather is warm, it’s time for the annual camping trip. This year, surprise your dad with a brand new tent! There are tons of features to consider when tent-shopping, but the most important things are to make sure it’s weatherproof and durable. Make sure to get a rainfly for your tent. Depending on the tent, you can find a see-through rainfly so you can still see the stars. During the day, go for a hike to celebrate the weekend. Get him a new pair of waterproof hiking boots with extra padding to keep him comfortable and dry. Find a scenic overview and snap a picture to remember your Father’s Day adventure.
No camping trip is complete without grilling. Get your dad some awesome grill tools and accessories to make him feel like the professional he is. This grilling kit comes complete with everything your dad needs for his infamous mouthwatering entrees. For a quick snack, grab a couple of protein bars for the camping trip to give you the extra pick-me-up when you need it most.
For a fun, everyday gadget, the Timex Ironman GPS Watch is great for dads who love running, hiking and working out. This high-tech watch records your speed, pace and distance with a GPS. You can even save up to 10 workouts and track your progress. The Timex Ironman Watch is water resistant and is designed with an Indiglo Night-Light to work in the dark.
When you’re packing for vacation, there are a lot of things to remember, but make sure you don’t forget to pack compression socks. Your dad will love wearing these Sockwell compression socks while camping, traveling or exercising. They help to keep your legs energized all day, reduce recovery time after a tough work out and help to reduce swelling and leg fatigue from sitting or standing for long periods of time. The Sockwell Shadowbox compression socks featured above are made in the U.S.A. with extremely soft, Merino Wool to provide moisture management and natural thermoregulation. These antibacterial, blister-proof socks are great for sports, outdoor activities and to wear when you’re on your feet a lot.
Whether your dad spends a lot of time outside working on the lawn, playing sports or camping, everyone can use suntan lotion and bug spray. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation like sunburn and bug bites. When you’re out in the hot sun, make sure to stay hydrated. Get your dad a BPA-free water bottle to keep him cool and refreshed. Make sure you get one that’s dishwasher safe, durable and also leak proof. No one likes a soggy backpack! You can even get one with a filter to reduce bacteria like salmonella and E.coli.
Document your vacation without missing a moment with a GoPro. This clever hands free device records pictures and videos. GoPros are extremely popular with athletes for this reason. The GoPro features a touch display and built-in WIFI and Bluetooth to easily share your footage on social media from the GoPro App. It is waterproof and durable, designed to survive dirt sand and water. This is great for dads who never want to miss a moment.
Our latest addition to BrightLife Go are the comfortable and stylish MARVYs. These compression socks provide 15-20mmHg of graduated compression to keep your legs energized and eliminate the feeling of tired, achy legs and feet after a long day. MARVY compression socks feature fun patterns like hearts and stripes in a variety of colors to go with any outfit.
MARVY socks are FDA approved and are made from a Lycra/Spandex blend. These compression-infused socks provide relief for aches and pains, reduce swelling, speed up recovery after a tough workout or training session, and also help to prevent spider veins, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and varicose veins. The sizing is simple-based on your shoe size, and hugs your leg perfectly. MARVY compression socks are made for all lifestyles so you can always look and feel your best.
I recently tried out a pair of the MARVY heart socks. They are black with fuchsia hearts on them. I love how soft and comfortable they are. These socks have a 1.5” wide top band that keeps them from falling down. MARVYs are extremely comfortable, with a cushioned toe and heel to keep you feeling great during those long days on your feet.
As soon as you put them on, your legs instantly feel energized and refreshed. MARVYs provide 15-20mmHg of graduated compression, meaning that the pressure is felt most at the ankle, and decreases gradually going up your leg. The socks are made out of a lightweight, breathable fabric that moves with you, creating a gentle massage that feels amazing. MARVYS are also super stretchy and easy to get on.
MARVY compression socks are great for anyone who sits or stands all day, and for athletes, doctors, nurses, flight attendants, teachers, restaurant workers and more. Wear these after going to the gym to increase circulation, which helps to prevent lactic acid from building up and reduces the time it takes to recover. They are made from a moisture-wicking fabric, making them perfect to work out in as well. MARVY compression socks fight off leg cramps and promote healthy, happy legs. If you are looking for something that’s fashionable and feels great, these are the socks for you.
Choose from hearts, stripes or a fun leopard pattern in a couple of different colors to find your perfect look. MARVY is dedicated to helping you achieve healthy, gorgeous legs. To learn more about MARVY, click here.
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