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    Why are Compression Socks So Expensive?



    Why are compression socks so expensive

    Maybe you’ve figured out the benefits of compression socks. Or perhaps your physician told you to wear them. Either way, you’re on board. You looked online or went to a medical supply store and scouted the options. $30+ dollars for one pair of socks?! What is going on?

    First, compression socks are considered a medical device. They are subject to stringent testing and must meet strict standards. Compression socks must have true graduated compression to be medically effective. Graduated compression means a higher amount of compression at the ankle that decreases as moves up the leg.

    Compression socks are also made with specific high quality fibers to ensure that they are comfortable and provide the benefits they promise. The strength and quality of the fibers allow the socks to stay in place, provide gradual compression, be easy to put on and take off and to be comfortable. Compression socks are also available in more sizes than traditional socks which also improves the quality of the compression provided.

    Does Medicare or insurance cover compression socks? Not usually. Click here to learn more. 

    There is a boring explanation for a legitimate question. Compression socks are worth it if they help your health and provide comfort for you to keep moving and doing the things you love. And don't settle for boring black and beige compression socks. There are plenty of options that will make not only your legs, but also you happy. See Ease's collection here. 

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    Does Medicare Cover Walkers & Canes?

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    You’ve been feeling a little weak or unsteady lately and have decided to do something about it before it becomes a problem. Or maybe your doctor, therapist or child took a look at you and said, “Guess what? We are getting you a walker or cane.” Before you guffaw and so “NO WAY!”, take a step back and give it some thought. If a walker or cane keeps you independent and safe, it is probably a good idea. If you’ve had surgery or an injury, you might not have a choice.

    Will your cane or walker be covered by Medicare or insurance? It depends. And it is complicated.

    What does Medicare cover and how to make the claim?

    Medicare Plan B and Medicare Advantage Plans cover renting and purchase of walking aids like canes and walkers. But there are certain conditions to satisfy to receive coverage for the device.

    First, you must produce a prescription for the walking aid from a doctor who participates in Medicare. The prescription should confirm that your mobility impairment prevents you from doing daily activities as you should. In other words, it should suggest that the equipment is medically necessary to help you move independently. It should also state that you will be able to  use the equipment safely, without any danger of accident or injury.

    Once you have this prescription, you can buy your walker or cane from a medical equipment company that participates in Medicare. Not all medical supplies stores do participate in Medicare so make sure you call first. The DME (Durable Medical Equipment) company will direct you to walkers and canes that are approved by Medicare, and you can choose from these options. You will have to provide your insurance details to the supplier and fill out some forms to complete the purchase.

    Coverage under Medicare Plan B is 80% of the Medicare-approved cost or rent of an approved device. However, the actual amount you have to pay will depend on the type of Medicare coverage you have. Under Medicare Plan B, you will have to make the 20% co-pay from your pocket. If you have a Medicare Advantage Health Plan or Medigap insurance, it might cover the co-payment amount as well.

    Many people choose to buy a cane or a walker without a prescription as they decide they don’t want the hassle or dealing with Medicare or don’t like the Medicare options that are available. There are so many choices available when looking outside of what is covered by Medicare. You can find something that fits your style and your needs, which might make it more likely to be used instead of sitting in the closet.

    Ease Living offers a curated selection of canes, walkers and accessories here. Products chosen by an occupational therapist for their utility and for their style.

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    Diabetes and Compression Socks

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    You have reached the point in your life where you have learned that socks aren’t just socks. They can actually serve a purpose and help or hurt your health. I get a lot of questions about diabetic socks vs compression socks. Are they the same? Should diabetics wear compression socks?

    Some answers.

    Diabetic patients have a high risk of developing serious foot problems. Circulatory issues are common leaving diabetics more prone to foot ulcers and injuries that can quickly turn into serious complications.

    So, good foot care is very important when you suffer from diabetes.

    If you are diabetic, your physician may recommend special socks for the health of your feet. So, should you wear compression socks or diabetic socks? How are they different?

    Let's compare them and find out.

    What are compression socks?

    Compression socks are tight-fitting socks that apply gradient pressure to the feet and legs to improve circulation.These socks prevent pooling of blood in the feet and lower legs assisting the blood back up the veins to the heart.

    They are often recommended for management and treatment of varicose veins, muscle fatigue, edema and other circulatory problems.

    Compression socks are often plain colors like white, beige and black. Shop for cute and stylish compression socks. 

    What are diabetic socks?

    Diabetic socks, unlike compression socks, offer little to no compression benefit. They are non-binding soft socks designed to prevent foot injuries that affect diabetic patients. These loose-fitting socks have sometimes have seamless toes and are made of materials that do not irritate skin.

    Diabetic socks are designed with moisture wicking properties that keep the feet dry to avoid infections. They basically protect the skin of your feet, but do not help with circulation problems. 

    You don't have to compromise your style because you need diabetic socks. Shop men's and women's patterned non-binding socks.

    So, you can see that diabetic socks are very different from compression socks and that they offer opposite benefits.

    Can diabetes patients benefit from use of compression socks?

    Compression socks are effective in managing conditions like edema and venous insufficiency that affects diabetic patients. But tight compression socks can restrict blood flow in the feet which is a problem area for diabetics. So compression socks are not typically recommended for those with diabetes.

    However, if you are diabetic and your physician feels the benefits of compression outweigh the risks - for you -, compression socks will work with careful monitoring of your feet for increased swelling and for any sores.

    See Ease Living's curated selection of compression socks and diabetic socks for options far beyond boring black and beige. 

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    Does Medicare Cover Compression and Diabetic Socks?

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    Did your doctor tell you that you should wear compression or diabetic socks? What is this all about?

    Compression socks are often prescribed for varicose veins and leg swelling. They are also great for preventing that tired and achy feeling you experience when you're on your feet all day. Compression hosiery is also recommended after surgery if you must stay in bed for a long time.

    Just like compression socks, diabetic socks are specially designed to provide comfort and protection for the special needs of those with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to circulation problems, especially in the legs. Socks that don’t dig in to the legs and impair circulation are so helpful for preventing foot ulcers and for comfort.

    Since your doctor prescribed these socks and said they are important for your health, they must be covered by Medicare right?

    Nope. Medicare and most medical insurance plans do not cover compression or diabetic socks. Even with a prescription from your doctor they are a non-covered service.

    There is one exception. If graduated compression stockings are specifically prescribed for treatment of open venous stasis ulcers, they might be covered as they may be seen as wound dressings. But there are certain conditions to meet. Medicare will only cover the cost of gradient compression stockings that are worn below the knee and deliver compression greater than 30mm Hg and less than 50mm Hg. The coverage doesn't apply to compression socks prescribed for treatment of circulation issues, varicose veins, or to prevent ulcers.

    Always contact the insurance company to confirm whether or not you have coverage before making your purchase.

    Given this, why not buy compression and diabetic socks you like instead of the ones presented to you at the medical supply store or corner drug store? At Ease Living we sell socks that would be at home on the runway and that would make your doctor smile. Click here to see the collections of compression and diabetic socks you will want to wear right here.

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    March is Reading Month - Enjoy!

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    Part of the irony of aging is more time to read and eyes that make it harder to do so. That’s okay, you don’t have to let aging eyes interfere with your love of books. Some suggestions to make consuming all the books you love a little easier.

    1. Get your eyes checked. An annual eye exam is for everyone, so make your appointment and get in there. A optometrist or an ophthalmologist can give you the correct glasses for your needs, making everyday life possible as well as reading your favorite books and magazines. Don’t settle for self-prescribed drugstore reading glasses. Those work for awhile, but it’s really better overall and for the long-term to see a professional for help.
    2. Use a good lamp. Light can never be underestimated when it comes to reading. If you’re having trouble seeing, try brightening things up a bit and see where that gets you. If you’re still having problems, make sure you have the right bulbs installed or even look at getting a reading-specific lamp.
    3. Try a magnifier. There are several options available from portable pocket size magnifiers to jewelry and those that are as large as a page. See our selection here
    4. Find large print publications. Most libraries have a large print section of fiction and nonfiction available. And with the rise in e-readers, even more large print options are out there. For more information on using e-readers, see our blog post Love to Read for a discussion on why a kindle might be a great option for you.
    5. Try an audiobook. . Not only are great books available on CD at your local library or to purchase, digital versions of audiobooks are readily available to download onto your phone, tablet, personal computer, or other audio device. These can also often be “checked out” of the library at no cost. As at your local branch to find out if they have this great service available.
    6. Have you ever listened to a podcast? Podcasts are another listening option. These digital programs may remind you of days past and listening to your shows on the radio! Podcasts are easy to produce and are made by everyone from hobbyists, to businesses, to NPR and other news outlets. Topics range from informative to fictional stories. Many podcasts are updated each week and the news broadcasts may be updated several times per day. You can download  or stream the podcasts on many different devices from smartphones to tablets and personal computers.

    There are so many ways to consume interesting content these days. There is no reason to let aging eyes or other limitations keep you from enjoying Reading Month.