Just in Time for Spring – EASE Sheer!!

Just in time for spring, Therafirm has released its brand new line – Sheer Ease!  This exciting addition to the already popular Ease line is sure to turn heads.

Like Ease and Core-Spun products, Sheer Ease garments are made with ultra-stretchy yarns making them easier to put on and more comfortable to wear.  And also like Ease and Core-Spun, Sheer Ease hosiery products are the highest quality gradient compression, but the beautiful and comfortable sheer fabrics give the impression of everyday sheer hosiery.

Sheer Ease garments are very durable and will hold well to repeated wear, resisting many of the rips and snags common to other sheer hosiery.  And contributing to exceptional comfort, the super soft and breathable material is moisture wicking helping to keep you cool and comfortable.  Sheer Ease’s soft, knit-in bands on the knee highs stay in place while providing non-binding comfort.  The knit-in pantyhose waistbands stay in place and prevent rolling, while the silicone band on the thigh highs keep them comfortably in place.

Like all Therafirm products, Sheer Ease features true gradient compression, which is designed to improve blood flow.  Gradient compression delivers a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the ankle of the garment and gradually decreases toward the top.  Sheer Ease premium gradient compression garments are designed to help promote better circulation and help control swelling, leg fatigue, mild to moderate varicose veins, leg discomfort, edema and DVT.

Sheer Ease is available in styles including open and close toe knee high, thigh highs and pantyhose in three compression levels – mild (15-20 mmHg), moderate (20-30 mmHg) and firm (30-40 mmHg).  Mild and moderate closed toe styles are available in Black, Natural, Sand, Bronze, Coal, Cocoa and Navy.  All open toe styles and firm compression level products are available in Black, Natural and Sand.

Ease Sheer is here.  Be one of the first to experience this beautiful and comfortable high quality compression hosiery.  Your legs will thank you.

** Contraindications: Compression products should not be worn and is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions: severe arterial insufficiency, cutaneous infections, acute dermatitis, wet dermatosis, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, skin irritations, or allergies to dyes.

Surviving Daylight Savings Time

That’s right, folks!  On Sunday, March 13, we lose that hour of sleep as we all move our clocks forward one hour.   Sleep is sometimes hard to come by, so that lost hour might be hard to swallow.  Here are a few tips to help make this transition easier.

  1. Transition into the time difference gradually. – Get up and go to bed 15 minutes earlier everyday between now and Sunday. Taking baby steps toward the earlier day will make the transition a little bit easier to bear.
  2. Add a nap into your day. – Adding an afternoon nap for a few days will help your body adjust to the time difference a little bit quicker. Just make sure it isn’t too close to bed time.
  3. Keep your normal number of sleep hours. – It might be hard to convince your body that it’s bedtime, but it’s important to do so. You’re getting up early already, so make sure to carry that over to bedtime.  Keeping your number of sleep hours and avoiding staying up that extra hour, will help you adjust to the time difference quicker.
  4. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants at bedtime. – You’re probably trying to avoid these anyway, but don’t be tempted. Going to bed an hour early might be hard enough, but adding caffeine will make it harder.
  5. Control the lights. – The body’s natural melatonin, which helps to induce sleep, increases when the environment begins to get dark.  Going to sleep at an earlier time will be easier if the environment is adapted to feel more like night. One way to help induce sleep is to turn off all electronic devices 30 minutes prior to going to bed.

Okay, now that we’re all ready to Spring Forward, Therafirm says Bring it On!

Prevent DVT and Follow Doctor’s Orders with Fashionable Compression Hosiery

March is DVT Awareness Month.  DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis.  DVT is basically the condition of blood clots in the deep veins, usually the calf or thigh muscle.  DVT can damage the valves in your blood vessels, causing pain and swelling.  But, more dangerously, blood clots can break free and travel through the bloodstream and damage major organs – most specifically the heart and lungs.  This condition is known as pulmonary embolism.  Blood clots in the deep veins in the thigh muscles are the frequent culprits of pulmonary embolism.

So, who is at greater risk of developing DVT?  The following conditions may make DVT more likely;

  • Inherited blood-clotting disorder – An inherited disorder would make the development of blood clots is more common.
  • Prolonged bed rest – When the legs do not move for long periods of time, it is more difficult for blood to circulate.
  • Injury or surgery – Injury or surgery to the veins increases blood clot risks.
  • Pregnancy – Increased pressure in the veins during pregnancy makes these women more susceptible to blood clots.
  • Birth control or hormone replacement therapy – Both increase risk of blood clots.
  • Overweight or obesity – Extra weight can increase pressure on the veins making blood clots more likely.
  • Smoking – Smoking affects circulation, which increases the risk of DVT.
  • Cancer – The disease itself, as well as some of the treatments involved can increase the risk of blood clots.
  • Heart failure – Those with limited heart and lung function can be at greater risk of pulmonary embolism.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease – Diseases such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis can both increase risk of DVT.
  • Personal or family history – Risk factors can be hereditary.
  • Age – Although people of any age can develop DVT, those over the age of 60 are at greater risk.
  • Sitting for long periods of time – Remaining still for long periods of time (car or air travel, for example) can negatively affect circulation leading to greater risk of DVT.

Source: Mayo Clinic

If you experience any of the previous conditions, or any combinations of these conditions, you are at a greater risk for developing DVT.  Your doctor may suggest that you begin wearing compression hosiery to promote circulation and prevent dangerous blood clots.  The good news is that compression stockings do not have to be ugly or uncomfortable, as they have traditionally been thought of.

Therafirm has many beautiful and fashionable options that allow those at risk for DVT to follow doctor’s orders and still maintain a stylish and modern look.

EASE, a fairly new brand from Therafirm, offers very fashionable styles and colors, also, but in higher compression levels (15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg).  EASE hosiery products are made with beautiful fibers and are designed to be easier to put on and more comfortable to wear.  A recent addition to our EASE line is Microfiber Tights.  These beautiful tights are not only fashionable, but incredibly comfortable, offering the necessary compression for those at risk of developing DVT.

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EASE Microfiber Tights in Mulberry.

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EASE Thigh Highs in Coal.

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EASE Pantyhose in Bronze.

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EASE Men’s Trouser Socks in Navy.

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EASE Knee Highs in Sand.

And an exciting new addition in the EASE family, available only just this month, is Sheer EASE.  With all the same benefits of our previous opaque EASE line, but in beautiful sheer fabrics.  Look for this option coming to our www.therafirm.com website within days!

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Sheer EASE Knee Highs in Natural.

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Sheer EASE Pantyhose in Sand.

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Sheer EASE Thigh Highs in Bronze.

It’s an exciting time to wear compression hosiery, because the fashionable choices from Therafirm allow you to prevent DVT and not compromise on style!

 

*Contraindications: Any skin irritations, allergies to dyes, congestive heart failure, arterial disorders, existing DVT. If any of these conditions apply, please consult your physician for advice.

** Disclaimer – Not to take the place of medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor about health concerns.

Sitting: The Silent Killer

What is something that most Americans do every day, but is just as unhealthy as smoking?  Would you be surprised to find out that it is sitting?  Knowing that sitting for long periods of time isn’t the best for you is one thing.  Knowing that it is as dangerous as smoking is another.  It’s a game changer.  So how can sitting possibly be as bad as smoking?  We wanted to know why.

This is what we learned.  The production of enzymes that burn the body’s fat declines with each hour of sitting.  Sitting for long periods of time can slow the metabolism and affect things like HDL (good cholesterol) levels.  Sedentary behavior increases the chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and breast and colon cancer.  That certainly is comparable to the health risks of smoking.

What can we do to help improve our health when so many people sit at desks all day for their jobs?

Exercise

Do you exercise?  If so, this is great.  Keep it up!  But it isn’t the only thing you should be doing.  Studies show that your health is at risk if you’re primarily sedentary even if you do have an exercise regimen.  So, continue your exercise regimens, but make sure that you add in other things to make your daily habits less sedentary.

Be Aware

The first step to sitting less is just being aware of how much you are sitting.  Once you truly see how many hours per day you spend sitting, you can set goals to help you reduce that number.

Short Breaks

If you spend every day working at a desk, take a short break every half hour or so.  Get up for two to three minutes and move.  Take laps around your office, or if that isn’t feasible, walk in place at your desk.

Conference Walks

Do you sit in on conference calls during your day?  Take them on your cell phone instead of at your desk and go for a walk.  Or if can, plan to take a walking meeting.

Standing Lunch

Eat lunch standing instead of sitting.  Or better yet, walk somewhere near your office to pick up a bite for lunch.

Treadmill Desk

This is a great option for those that work from home.  Create a work surface above a treadmill.  A specialized stand out to fit a monitor and keyboard allowing you to be in motion all day.

Standing Desk

A standing desk or a workstation at a high table or counter seems to be a trend that’s picking up steam.  The health benefits of standing desks are still not completely clear, but it is a better alternative to sitting.  And, some of history’s truly great minds have used them – like Leonard Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemmingway and Benjamin Franklin. Great company!

TV Time

When at home and watching TV, don’t forward through commercials.  Get up and move around during commercial breaks.

The bottom line is get moving and keep moving.  Limit your total daily sitting hours to the minimum.  You’ll burn more calories, feel better and best of all, live a healthier lifestyle!

 

Top 3 Reasons to Wear Compression

There are so many reasons to wear compression, it’s hard to narrow it down to three, but for the sake of this blog post, we have.  And here they are!

  1. Your Doctor Told You To – Do you have a medical condition that requires you to wear compression? You have the advice and perhaps prescription to wear compression, but are hesitant to follow the doctor’s advice because who wants to wear ugly medical compression hosiery? No one!  Good thing Therafirm Gradient Compression Hosiery is stylish, and fashionable or even sporty.  Wearing compression can improve or alleviate several medical conditions including swelling, DVT and varicose veins, so listen to the doc and try a pair!
  2. Your Legs Feel Great – Wearing compression can make your legs feel great, which is really good news to a lot of people, especially those whose legs are continually tired and achy. Gradient compression improves blood flow, promoting better circulation, controlling swelling and relieving tired and achy legs. Why wouldn’t you want stocking that do that?!
  3. We Make It So Easy – That’s right, Therafirm has so many choices in styles, colors and compression levels that everyone is sure to find something great! Ease, for example, is made from super stretchy fibers making the garments easier to put. TherafirmLight hosiery products offer our lightest amount of compression at only 10-15 mmHg for those that just need a little bit.  TheraSport and Core-Sport athletic compression socks provide a sporty look and feel with beneficial compression for athletes.  Core-Spun socks look and feel like everyday, casual socks with the added benefit of true gradient compression.  And for the pregnant mama, Preggers is a fashionable choice for those needing support for tired, achy legs.  With so many choices, Therafirm makes wearing compression downright easy!

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The Impact of Sugar on the Body

This week (January 18-24) is Sugar Awareness Week.  We thought this was a perfect opportunity to explore all the negative ways that sugar can affect your body and your health.

What is sugar, anyway?  It’s actually more of a generic name for a number of different sweet, soluble carbohydrates found in many foods and drinks.  It can go by a lot of different names like sucrose or fructose.  This makes it easier to disguise in foods.  These added sugars are high in calories, but have zero essential nutrients.  Zero!  No proteins, no essential fats, no vitamins or minerals . . . just pure energy.  In other words, empty calories.

Diabetics typically have to watch the amount of sugar they consume daily, but with the number of serious problems that sugar can cause to your body, we all should.  Here are just a few ways in which sugar can negatively impact your health:

 

  1. Brain – Sugar has huge effects on a person’s brain. Sugar, much like many street drugs, releases chemicals that set off the brain’s pleasure center, like dopamine.  And just like street drugs, you can develop a tolerance for sugar, meaning that you’ll crave more sugar in order for your brain to get its “fix”.  Chemical FormulasEssentially, the difference is the nitrogen atom present in cocaine, but missing from sugar.  Further, the large releases in dopamine, create true addiction in many people.  Sugar also works against the part of the brain that makes you feel full, convincing you to take in more calories leading to other health issues.
  2. Face – Not nearly as serious as the effect on the brain, but still something to think about is your face. When a body has sugar in the bloodstream, the sugar will attach to proteins forming harmful molecules.  These molecules attack nearby proteins, damaging them.  Some of these key proteins are collagen and elastin, the components keeping your skin firm and elastic.  Over time, too much sugar leads to wrinkles and saggy skin.
  3. Teeth – This one seems to be the most obvious thing that people tend to think about, and it is definitely a real concern. Sugar is the most damaging substance for teeth that we’re eating.  When sugar sits on your teeth, it creates decay more efficiently than any other food.  This is because it provides easily digestible energy for all the bad bacteria living in your mouth.
  4. Heart – Have you ever thought about how sugar can affect your heart? Probably not, but it is a very real concern.  We know that diabetes is directly affected by one’s sugar intake, but heart disease and diabetes are intertwined.  Among people with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke are the number one cause of death.
  5. Liver – Added sugars trigger your liver to store fat more efficiently. Over time, a diet high in sugar leads to a fat buildup around your liver, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  Studies show that people with fatty livers consume up to 2-3 times as much sugar as an average person.
  6. Pancreas – Insulin, which is made in the pancreas, is very important to the body. It allows sugar to enter the cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning sugar instead of fat.  Too much sugar in the blood is highly toxic, so the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugar is very important.  Too much sugar can cause the cells to become resistant to insulin.  When cells become resistant to insulin, the pancreas is geared up to make more insulin.  Eventually, the pancreas isn’t able to keep up with the demand.  Without enough insulin, blood sugar can reach dangerous levels.
  7. Blood Vessels – Excess insulin in the bloodstream can also take a toll on arteries. High insulin can lead to tense artery walls, leading to high blood pressure.  Ultimately, this makes stroke and heart attack more likely.
  8. Aging – Most people want to slow the aging process, but did you now that a high sugar intake can lead to faster aging. As stated previously about the face, we know that sugar in the bloodstream attaches to proteins and forms harmful molecules that attack components such as collagen and elastin.  But, this loss of elasticity can prematurely age all the body tissues, from skin, to organs, to arteries.  The more sugar in your blood, the faster the damage occurs.
  9. Cancer – Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells. Because insulin is a key hormone in regulating this growth, many scientists believe that elevated insulin levels (as we’ve already seen, a consequence of high sugar consumption) can contribute to cancer.
  10. Obesity – We’ve already seen how sugar is just empty calories, and also how it leads to cravings of more sugar and more food in general due to its ability to make you feel hungrier. It’s not difficult to see how a diet high in sugar can lead to obesity.
  11. Stress – When we’re stressed, our stress hormones rise. These chemicals prepare the body for attack or escape, etc.  These very same stress hormones are released when the blood sugar is low.  After a blood sugar spike and compensatory dive, the body releases these stress hormones, leading one to feel anxious, irritable and shaky.
  12. Immune System – The body is made up of trillions of good bacteria, which help digest food, produce vitamins and protect the body from germs and diseases. But, consuming too much sugar can alter the balance between good and bad bacteria weakening immune systems.

The damage sugar does to your body is real.  But, since cutting out sugar altogether is very difficult, what can be done to decrease sugar intakes?  Here are a few tips;

  1. Cut down on sugary beverages – Sodas, juices (even 100% juice), sport drinks and smoothies all contain high amounts of sugar.  To start with, drink a glass of water before everything else.  You may find you are no longer thirsty!
  2. Read labels – Sometimes sugar is hidden in foods you wouldn’t think contain sugar like oatmeal, salad dressing, yogurt and processed foods.  Watch for high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Be leery of healthy alternatives – Phrases like “sugar free”, “low calorie” and “all natural” can be misleading. These phrases don’t necessarily mean the food is healthier.
  4. Make the change gradual – Remember how sugar is addictive.  Don’t change your eating habits overnight, but make a gradual change towards a low sugar diet.  The slow change will be easier on your body, especially if your sugar addiction is real.

Sugar** Disclaimer – Not to take the place of medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor about health concerns.

*** Sources: prevention.com; atkins.com; authoritynutrition.com

TheraSport and Resolutions for 2016

Here we are in January – the month of New Year’s Resolutions and generally getting healthy.  It’s time to try out all that new workout equipment and apparel you received for the holidays.  Did anyone get knee high running socks?  These seem to be quite the trend in athletic and running apparel – convenient for those of us who like to wear athletic compression socks like our new TheraSport socks, as well as our Core-Sport socks.

 

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Gradient compression, which is compression that is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it moves upwards, is known to improve blood flow from the ankle to the heart.  The increased blood flow improves oxygenation and enhances athletic performance.  Athletes that wear athletic compression garments may experience less delayed onset muscle soreness, less fatigue, improved performance, less edema post-competition and faster recovery.

Gradient compression is common in the medical world, but virtually unknown in athletic compression, despite all its advantages for athletes.  Most athletic compression on the market is the more basic all over compression.  TheraSport and Core-Sport socks both feature lab-tested gradient compression available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg.

TheraSport Athletic Performance and Recovery Socks, the newest addition of gradient compression socks to Therafirm’s line, are breaking the athletic compression mold.  Not only do they offer the wearer the true gradient athletic compression, but they also have a number of other benefits that make them ideal for today’s most serious professional and amateur athletes or anyone who prefers a sports style sock.

 

TheraSport socks are made with a super soft and lightweight material for exceptional comfort.  A comfortable band provides a non-binding grip to help the socks stay up.  High tech, moisture wicking yarns, as well as breathable mesh paneling and moisture-wicking fibers keep feet cool and odor under control.  A unique “Y” heel stitching helps to keep socks in place.  Additional Achilles and foot protection provide greater support and stabilization.  Finally, a lightweight cushioning helps to absorb shock and protect feet during athletic activity.

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But, let’s not forget how cool they look!  Seriously, these things look great, all the while providing beneficial gradient compression.  It’s a win-win.  So, get a pair, put them on and get to those resolutions!

EASE Microfiber Tights – Beautiful, Comfortable, Easy to Put On!

One of the biggest complaints among people who wear higher compression is that they’re not fashionable and downright ugly.  But, with EASE by Therafirm that is truly a thing of the past.  And, if there was ever any doubt, the newest EASE products are sure to erase it.

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EASE by Therafirm Microfiber Tights are beautiful and very fashionable.  Everyday colors include Navy, Black, Coal, Cocoa, Mulberry and Winter White.

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Mulberry

Another big complaint about higher compression hosiery is that they’re hard to put on.  But, just like all EASE products, our Microfiber Tights are made with high stretch yarns making them easier to put on than most other higher compression tights.

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Black

And finally comfort.  Many of the higher compression hosiery products are rough and terribly uncomfortable.  But, not EASE.  Our Microfiber Tights are made of super soft microfiber material, with a knit-in waist band and a smooth toe, ensuring all-day comfort.  A reinforced heel and toe also make them especially durable.

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Coal

EASE by Therafirm Microfiber Tights, like all EASE products, feature gradient compression, meaning they deliver a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreasing toward the top of the garment.  Gradient compression promotes better blood flow and assists in preventing swelling.

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Cocoa

The tights are available in both long and short lengths and both mild (15-20mmHg) and moderate (20-30mmHg) compression levels, as well as the six fashionable colors.  All Ease by Therafirm products are 100% made in the USA in Therafirm’s own manufacturing facilities.

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Navy

If your wardrobe includes mild to moderate compression hosiery, put on a pair of EASE by Therafirm Microfiber Tights.  You won’t be sorry!

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Winter White

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for People with Health Issues

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Halloween is over, which means we’re exchanging jack o’lanterns for turkey and pumpkin pie.  The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner!  Thanksgiving weekend is known for being one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  According to AAA, last year 46.3 million Americans packed their bags and journeyed at least 50 miles away from home to spend the holiday with family or friends.

Thanksgiving weekend travel can already be stressful due to the sheer numbers of fellow travelers, but travelers with health issues may experience extra stresses.  So, if you’ll be among America’s travelers in a few weeks, follow these travel tips to help you have a smooth and happy holiday trip!

  1. Pack Your Medications – The last thing you need is to be far away from home and not have your necessary medications. Whether you pack them first or last, don’t walk out the door until you’ve checked your medications off your list.
  2. Pack Snacks to Control Your Glucose and Monitor It – Make a pack of snacks that will help you control your glucose level. Make sure you can access it easily or that someone else could easily get to it.  Bring your glucose monitors and pack them close to your snacks.  Monitor your glucose levels as often as you would at home.
  3. Pack Insurance Cards and Other Documentation – No one wants to have a visit to a doctor or emergency room while out of town, but it’s best to be prepared in case it does happen. With the proper cards and documentation, you can better focus on getting the treatment you need, instead of insurance red tape.
  4. Plan Out Time Zone Changes – If you’re going to be in more than one time zone, plan your snacks and monitoring accordingly. Also, ensure that you’ve accounted for time zone changes when taking medications or monitoring glucose levels.
  5. Pack Insulin or Other Temperature-Dependent Medications So That It’s Kept Cool Until Reaching Your Destination – You can use a wide-mouthed, insulated, non-breakable bottle or thermos to help keep your medications cools. Fill the bottle ice or cold water before hand to cool it.  Then empty the bottle, dry it and place your medications inside.
  6. Get Plenty of Sleep – It’s important to get plenty of sleep – even extra sleep – before a big trip, but especially if you are dealing with health issues while traveling. Go to bed early before a trip, or take a nap before leaving.  Be sure to get good sleep during the trip, as well, so that you’ll be in good shape when traveling back home.
  7. Put Medications and Other Necessities in a Carry-On Bag – Carry all medications and any other necessities in your carry-on bag. Just in case your luggage is misplaced, you won’t want to be without your necessities.  You can always buy another toothbrush!
  8. Pack Lightly and Use Luggage with Shoulder Straps or Wheels – If you suffer from arthritis or other health problems, you won’t want to over exert yourself. Make sure to pack as lightly as possible, so you have less to carry.  Bags with comfortable shoulder straps or wheels will also help.
  9. Wear and Pack Comfortable Clothing That’s Easy to Get On – Comfortable clothing will make you comfortable all around, especially if it will be awhile before you can change. Wear Seamless Socks from SmartKnit to help keep your feet from getting irritated.  Or if you’re at risk for DVT, Compression Travel Socks from Therafirm will help prevent this dangerous condition.
  10. Pack Any Arthritis Aids You Regularly Use – If it’s something you use regularly, bring it, even if you think you won’t use it.
  11. Carry Cash – You will want to have cash for situations like tipping luggage assistants or toll payments.
  12. Inform Others of Your Condition – Inform TSA agents, flight attendants or any other officials of your health conditions. They’ll be more likely to be helpful and also to watch for changes in your condition.

Remember at the end of the road is that special turkey and dressing or pumpkin pie that you’ve been craving for months – as well as hugs and smiles and family memories.

** Note: Tips are not meant to replace medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor.

Foot Health Tips for National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  As many diabetics know too well, diabetes can be very dangerous to your feet.  Because of reduced blood flow, injuries may be harder to heal, and infections harder to resist.  Nerve damage may reduce feeling to the feet making it hard to notice irritations leading to blisters developing.  Taking good care of your feet is one of the keys to staying healthy.  See the tips below adapted from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

  1. Get periodic foot exams – Seeing your physician on a regular basis can help prevent many of the foot complications related to diabetes.
  2. Inspect your feet daily – Check your feet for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling. Contact your doctor if you notice any of these or other irregularities.
  3. Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot, and with a soft washcloth or sponge – Only lukewarm water should be used, but feet should be washed daily. A soft washcloth or sponge will prevent irritation or injury.  Gently pat dry with a soft towel.
  4. Moisturize, but not in between toes – Daily moisturizing will keep skin from itching or cracking. Avoid moisturizing between the toes, however, as this can encourage fungal infection.
  5. Keep nails trimmed – Cut your toenails carefully and straight across. File any edges and avoid cutting nails too short, which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  6. Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself – Self “surgery” is not recommended, nor is the use of medicated pads. Visit your doctor for any of these issues.
  7. Avoid smoking – Smoking restricts blood flow, which will increase the chance of damage to your feet.
  8. Keep shoes clear of debris – Foreign objects, no matter how small, inside of shoes can be a major source of irritation. Always inspect shoes before putting them on.
  9. Keep your diabetes in check – Watch your blood sugar levels and keep them in control.
  10. Never walk barefoot – Always wear shoes or slippers, even at home. Doing so will prevent injury from scratches or cuts.
  11. Always keep feet warm and dry – Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain and always wear warm socks and shoes in the winter.
  12. Wear socks to bed – To prevent cold feet during the night, wear your socks to bed. Avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles.
  13. Wear clean, dry socks – Be sure to change them daily.
  14. Avoid wearing the wrong type of socks – Avoid tight elastic bands. Thick or bulky socks can fit poorly and irritate the skin.  Try SmartKnit Diabetic Socks.  Our socks are seamless and form fitting, which help to prevent blister-causing pressure points.  Moisture wicking fibers keep feet dry reducing friction, which can cause irritation.

** Note: Tips are not meant to replace medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor.

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