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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.

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

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    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?

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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

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    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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  • Shin Splints - What You Need To Know

    The Basics

    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:

    • - You barely stretch or don't at all
    • - Run on uneven surfaces
    • - Have flat feet or high arches
    • - You are new to running or are running long distances
    • - You start exercising more frequently and/or intensely
    • - Wearing worn out shoes or shoes that lack support
    • - Have had shin splints in the past

    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.

    Prevention

    "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.

    Zensah Tech+ Hot Pink Compression SocksZensah Tech+ Compression Socks help to prevent shin splints by targeting compression to provide muscle support for your shins and calves. These socks are designed for men and women and feature a lightly cushioned toe and heel. Zensah Compression Calf Sleeves are also great for shin splint relief and are designed with wide ribbing in the front to provide shin support and are available in a variety of colors. 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.

    Treatment

    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. 2XU 24/7 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!

    Still have questions about shin splints? Comment below to get answers.

  • What's New On BrightLife Go?

    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:

    The Allegro Italian Sheers:

    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.

    Allegro Italian Sheer Collection

    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.

    The Allegro Milk Sock:

    Allegro Italian Milk Compression SockThis 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:

    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.

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    The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks:

    Allegro Italian Cotton Compression Socks

    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.

     

    Want more Allegro? Find what you're looking for here.

    New Travel Socks:

    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.

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    If you're loving the bright colored compression socks this season, check out the new Zensah travel socks in two bold patterns; The Zensah Classic Stripes compression socks are available in Blue Kiwi and Grey Pink. The Zensah Ditsy Flower travel socks are designed in a cute floral pattern in Brown, Hot Pink and Navy.

    Zensah Travel Socks

    These Zensah travel socks provide 15-20mmHg compression to prevent blood clots, swelling and fatigue. The compression also helps to improve muscle recovery after a tough gym session. These moisture-wicking socks also help to keep your feet cool and dry whether you're exercising or running through the airport to catch your flight. They are knit with silver ions to kill bacteria and reduce odor, which is great for working out and for those long dreaded trips. Zensah travel socks feature light arch support for additional comfort and a top band to keep the sock from falling down so you can concentrate on your travels.

  • Compression Socks For Wide Calves!

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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:

    VIM & VIGR Nylon Striped Compression Socks - Wide CalfNylon Collection: Grey & Purple

    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.

     

     

     


     

    VIM & VIGR Wool Compression Socks - Wide CalfWool Collection: Black & Purple

    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!

     

     


    Cotton Collection: Black & Brown

    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.

     

     

     


    VIM & VIGR Fair Isle Wool Compression Socks - Wide CalfFair Isle Wool: Navy & Orange

    The Fair Isle Wool compression sock is one of the newest styles from VIM & VIGR. This soft, comfy sock is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you are traveling, recovering after a tough gym workout or running errands, this is a great sock to wear. It provides 15-20mmHg compression to energize legs and prevent fatigue.

     

     

     


    Allegro Sheer Compression Socks

    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.

  • TheraSport Gym Guide

    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.

    Workout Basics

    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!

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    Compression Socks

    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.

    Comfortable Shoes

    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.

    Motivation

    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.

    Support

    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.

    Post-Workout

    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.

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  • New Colors for 2XU Compression Performance Socks!

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    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.

    2xu-running-1-cI 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.

    2xu-sock-image-3Another 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.

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  • Serena Williams' Road to Victory

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Serena Williams of United States of America poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after victory in the Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia  during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)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.

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    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.

    be8d38c714c33b1b9a93c05fb8133326Many 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.

    britain-wimbledon-tennis-70-630x332Since 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.

    Resources

    About Serena Williams

    Serena’s Schedule

    DVT Facts, Prevention, Symptoms and Risk Factors

    Are You At Risk For Varicose Veins?

    My Pulmonary Embolism Story

    Preventing Complications After Surgery

    The Downside of Low Heart Rate: Athletes Who Get Blood Clots

    The Risk Of Blood Clots On Long Flights

    Health Lessons from Serena Williams's Pulmonary Embolism

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