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    The Beginner’s Guide to Compression Socks

    the beginners guide to compression socks

     

    For many, compression socks are simply irreplaceable. They have an incredible ability to promote good circulation and ward off some serious side effects of poor blood flow, and that makes them a more than just socks.

    Of course, if you’ve never tried them before, you might be curious about how they work. Here are some answers to common questions about compression socks.

    What Are Compression Socks?

    Compression socks or compression stockings are often worn to help alleviate poor circulation and the problems it causes. Poor circulation can lead to serious problems like swelling in your legs, numbness, pain, muscle cramps and even blood.  So, if you do suffer from it, your physician is very likely to suggest compression devices to help alleviate the symptoms.

    These socks apply pressure to your legs, supporting circulation by mimicking the ability of your muscles to pump the blood backup from the major extremities (the legs and feet), helping push blood back up towards your heart where it can be re-oxygenated and continue circulating.

    Typically, compression socks are tighter around your toes and get looser as they come up your leg.

    How to Choose The Right Pair

    You don’t want to simply pull any pair off the rack and put them on. Compression socks come in more sizes than standard socks and in different levels of compression, or mmHg. Click here for a guide to choosing the right mmHg for your needs.

    Compression Sock Benefits

    There are even more reasons to wear compression socks other than the  health benefits for those with poor circulation. They are also recommended for leg and foot swelling and pain. People often choose to wear compression socks for comfort when they have to stand for long periods of time. They are also great for travel as they can help prevent blood clots when sitting on long journeys.

    There’s a reason why most athletic shops sell and promote compression socks. Their ability to improve blood circulation, speed up recovery time, and prevent soreness make them a valuable companion for gym-goers and non-athletes too.  

    Find The Right Socks

    In addition to making sure your compression socks have the right level of compression and are the right size, find some you like! You are no longer confined to coring black, white or beige socks. There are so many cute compression socks for women and for men. You won’t wear socks you don’t like and they won’t do you any good sitting in a drawer. Find the best compression socks for you and your legs will Thank you.

    Shop our collection of compression socks for men and for women here.

    Using a Cane - Expectation vs Reality

    using a cane expectation vs reality

     

    When getting around gets tough, there are several products available which can make getting staying mobile much easier. Walking canes are one the most common. Unfortunately, you can’t just borrow a walking cane from a friend or grab a cane from the drug store. Choosing the right walking cane for you can transform your life.

    Many people have preconceived notions about canes and what they represent. In reality, walking canes have come a long way. Now, walking canes are not only functional, they are also stylish and practical.

    Below are five things that you should know before you start using your new walking cane!

    1. Understand Why You Need A Cane  – There are several reasons why can a cane may be the perfect solution for you. Do you have pain or balance issues when you are walking? Do you find yourself holding on to walls and furniture when maneuvering about? Do you find yourself moving around less than you would like or avoiding outings because of these concerns? If so, you could benefit from using a cane temporarily or on a permanent basis.  
    2. You Don’t Have To Sacrifice Style – Just because you need to start using a cane, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. There are so many options beyond the stainless steel canes at the drug store. Find a cane, or canes!, that you love and you will be happy to use them. You have more than one pair of shoes, why not have a cane wardrobe?
    3. Ensure Your Cane Is Correctly Sized – A cane that hasn’t been sized correctly isn’t going to help you at all. In fact, it could turn you off using a walking cane altogether. To work out the correct size cane for you, put on your walking shoes and allow your arms to hang freely to your side. Now, have a friend or family member measure from your wrist joint to the floor. If you have a measurement which isn’t an exact inch, then round up. That’s the length of the cane you should look to purchase.
    4. Using Your Cane On The Correct Side – Your walking cane should always be used on your “good side”, opposite side  the side with the injury. Take a step with your “bad” leg and bring the cane forward at the same time. Take average size steps and don’t let the cane get too far ahead of you. If you are using the cane for general balance and not for an injury, hold the cane in your dominant hand. See this article for more tips on walking with a cane. 
    5. Use It Or Lose It – Don’t think of your cane as a bad thing. A cane that you like that fits you well will allow you to keep doing everything you want to do. Mobility is so important for your physical and mental health. A cane that sits in the closet doesn’t do you any good

    Check out Ease Living's cane selection here. And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about walking canes. We would love to assist you in discovering a walking cane that improves your mobility and adds some style.

    The Ultimate Guide to Walkers and Rollators

    rollators and walkers

    A walker doesn't mean you're old. Mobility aids like walkers and rollators are effective tools that can help people be independent and get around easier and more safely. A rollator walker helps you or a loved one gain independence, allowing them to move around as they need to. You have options for a walker, such as a walker with wheels or a walker with seat. This guide will tell you everything you need to about walkers and rollator walkers.

    How do you know when you need a walker? There are a few indications. If you have trouble bearing weight on your legs, fatigue easily or have issues with balance, a walker might be for you. 

    If you have decided a walker is a good idea, you need to learn how to choose the best walker for you. A rollator, or 4 wheel walker, is a walker with a seat, 4 wheels and hand brakes. They have a seat to rest so are an ideal choice for those who tire easily. They also allow one to move a but faster since there are 4 wheels. A standard walker comes with either 2 front wheels or with no wheels. They do not have a seat or brakes. They allow for a slower pace and fold up smaller for easier transport. Rollators often have a basket under the seat for storage but walkers and bags can be purchased for standard walkers to allow for storage. Think about what you need and want out of your walker and you can figure out which one is the best for you.

    Once you get your new walker, you will need to learn how to use it properly. It all starts with learning how to adjust the height on the walker so that it is the perfect height. To adjust it to the proper height, you should stand with your hand on the hand grips while your shoulders are relaxed. Make sure your elbows are bent about 15 degrees. The top of the walker should line up with the crease on the inside of your wrist.ii If it is too tall or too short, you won’t be comfortable.

    To use the walker, put it in front of you and slide forward in the chair. Lean forward and use the arms of the chair to push yourself into standing. Grasp the handles and step into the walker. Make sure you feel balanced and ready to walk then move the walker about 1 step ahead of you. Don’t push the walker very far in front of you like a shopping cart. It doesn’t offer good support when it is too far from your body.

    If you use a rollator, or 4 wheel walker, make sure to lock the brakes before you sit and when you stand up. Don’t ever use the walker like a wheelchair unless it is designed for that purpose with footrests to keep your feet from dragging.

    Ease Living has curated some of the best walkers available including narrow walkers, rollator transport chair and folding walkers. Click here to see the selection .

    Whatever walker you choose, make sure it is one you like. It will do you no good if it is left behind. Now get out there and live your life with your new walker!.





    Compression Socks: Does mmHg Matter?

    15-20 mmhg compression socks
    Congrats! You’ve decided to take care of your legs and wear compression socks. When shopping you might notice that in addition to different sizes, compression socks also come in different levels of compression indicated by mmHg. What does this mean and does it matter?

    What is mmHg?

    mmHg stands for millimeters of mercury and it is a measurement of pressure. In addition to being used on compression socks, it is also used for blood pressure readings. Common levels for compression socks include; 8-15mmHg, 15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg and 30-40 mmHg. Compression socks provide graduated compression so mmHg is listed as a range. The higher number in the range is the amount of pressure at the foot while the lower number is the amount at the top of the sock.

    Does it Matter?

    Yes, choosing the right level of compression is important. With the wrong level of compression the socks won’t be as helpful and could even cause harm. Since they work by compressing surface veins to assist with circulation, socks without enough pressure won’t be helpful. Too much compression can completely cut off circulation. Give some thought to which level of mmHg is best for you.

    How to Choose the Best mmHg Level for Me?

    Some simple guidelines. 

    •   8-15 mmHg: These socks provide very light compression. They are           perfect for those who spend a lot of time on their feet or suffer from minor   occasional swelling. See our selection of compression socks with 8-15   mmHg here. 
    •  15-20 mmHg: This is the compression range usually recommended to   prevent blood clots with long distance travel and to prevent swelling during   pregnancy. It is also great for those who suffer from minor swelling and   spend a lot of time on their feet. See our selection of compression socks with 15-20 mmHg here. 
    • 20-30 mmHg: These socks provide more compression and are ideal if you often experience swelling in your lower legs at the end of the day. They can also provide relief from varicose veins and heavier pregnancy related edema. See compression socks with 20-30 mmHg here. 
    • 30-40 mmHg: This level of compression should only be worn when prescribed by your doctor. It is often prescribed for lymphedema, DVT and venous insufficiency.

    Swelling in your legs can be the result of a variety of medical conditions so have a discussion with your physician to understand the cause.

    The good news is you can help your health and comfort with something as simple as compression socks. The better news is you don’t need to sacrifice your style to do it!

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