Must-Have Socks of 2015: Best Sellers

Allegro_horiz_generalWith the end of the year rapidly approaching, it’s time to take a look at our customer favorites this year. Allegro continues to be our most popular brand – with consistently great prices and styles, it’s hard for customers to pass up! Jobst, Medi, Sigvaris and Juzo also make appearances in our best-sellers list.

Check out our best selling socks, armsleeves and braces below!

Best Selling Sheer Compression Lines

  1. Allegro Essential Sheers
  2. Jobst UltraSheer
  3. Medi Sheer & Soft

Best Selling 20-30 mmHg Compression Socks

  1. Allegro Essential – Unisex Cotton Compression Sock 20-30mmHg – # 111
  2. Allegro Essential – Mens Ribbed Support Socks 20-30mmHg – # 102
  3. Allegro Surgical Knee High 20-30 mmHg – # 200/201
  4. Jobst Relief Knee Highs 20-30 mmHg
  5. Medi Assure Knee High 20-30 mmHg

Best Selling Compression Accessory

  1. It Stays – Body Adhesive
  2. Hosiery Mate Revitalizing Washing Solution
  3. Sigvaris Ridged Donning Gloves

Best Selling Diabetic Socks

  1. Jobst Sensifoot
  2. SmartKnit Seamless Diabetic Socks
  3. Juzo 5760 Silver Sole Socks

Best Selling Lymphedema Armsleeves

  1. Jobst Bella Lite Armsleeves
  2. Juzo Soft Armsleeves
  3. Juzo Varin Armsleeves
  4. Mediven Harmony
  5. LympheDivas Stylish Armsleeves

Best Selling Athletic Compression Socks

  1. Allegro Athletic Support Sock in 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg
  2. Allegro Athletic Recovery Sock #387 (15-20mmHg)
  3. Sigvaris Merino Outdoor Sock in 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg
  4. Jobst Active Socks
  5. Sigvaris 401 Athletic Recovery Socks

Best Selling Knee Braces and Supports

  1. Medi Seamless Knit Knee Support
  2. Therall Joint Warming Knee Support
  3. Solidea Silver Compression Knee Support

What were your favorite products from 2015?

Introducing Apex Shoes!

Apex shoes are made with the highest standards of performance and comfort. These shoes are designed for men and women to be flexible, protective and supportive. If you are looking for customized comfort, you’re going to love these shoes. All Apex shoes include two removable inserts to increase depth by 5/16″ for fitting flexibility. Choose from athletic running shoes, walking shoes or the lightweight women’s pedals to keep your feet comfortable all day. These orthopedic shoes are available in three widths in a large variety of sizes.

Athletic Shoes

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Apex Athletic footwear is designed to provide pain relief and prevent injuries. These shoes are great if you have diabetes, arthritis or sensitive feet to help you lead a healthy, active lifestyle. These breathable shoes are made with padded interiors and a biomechanical footbed for stability and shock absorption.

The X-Last styles feature slip resistant rubber soles for increased traction, Carboplast footbridge for motion control and stability, and X-Last for superior motion control. The V-Last Styles are made with a multi-density midsole with a supporting EGX footbridge and V-Last for superior stability.

The Apex Men’s Sierra Trail Runner Shoe is made with a padded collar and tongue for additional comfort and to prevent heel slippage. The Trail Runner shoe features a toe and heel guard and is protected with Scotchguard for water resistance, making them perfect for hiking! This V-Last shoe provides exceptional stability and support for men.

WOMEN’S PEDAL SHOES

apex-w-pedal-shoesThe Apex women’s pedal shoes are designed with your comfort and protection in mind. These therapeutic shoes are extremely lightweight and provide excellent support. Apex women’s pedal shoes are designed with soft fabric moisture wicking linings and feature a roomy toe box, which is great for sensitive toes. These shoes are made with a new non-slip rubber outsole for traction and stability and heel counters for additional stability and control.

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Common Measuring Mistakes To Avoid

 

  1. Do not measure late in the day

Everyday our legs and feet swell. This is normal. For this reason, it is important to measure for compression stockings early in the morning to get the most accurate fit. If you measure later in the day or at night, you may purchase a size that is too big and will not get the maximum benefits of compression. The same applies for armsleeves as lymphedema swelling can increase during the day – measure in the morning!

  1. Do not estimate – be precise!

Compression socks and sleeves are not a one-size-fits-all product. In fact, a size medium in one brand could be a large in another. Sizes can even vary within brands as well. This is why it is important to check the measurements. You may think you need to “fit” into this sock, but in reality there’s another one that matches your measurements better. If you find yourself between sizes, try another brand or style. You can also try our Size Machine to determine the what size garment you need. If you have any questions about measuring or sizing, you can call our customer service team Monday through Friday from 9-6PM for help. Try to measure in centimeters as much as possible for more precise measurements. This may help you if you are struggling to see where your measurements fall on the size chart.

  1. Do not try to take your measurements yourself

Lets face it. We’ve all tried to carry in too many groceries at one time and ended up dropping everything. Sometimes, an extra set of hands makes all the difference. When measuring for compression socks or armsleeves, it’s important to have measurements that are as accurate as possible. This is extremely hard to do by yourself. Getting the placement right and bending at odd angles to try and measure your leg or arm doesn’t exactly scream “fun.” If you can, try and get someone to help take your measurements. That way you can be sure that you’re getting the right size without dealing with the hassle of returning socks that don’t fit. Our knowledgeable staff is available for fitting appointments if you would like help determining your size. All you have to do is ask!

  1. Do not guess where the measurements should be taken

Medical compression sock sizing is based on the leg circumference. Knee high socks require ankle and calf measurements. Always measure the smallest part of your ankle. You do not want to measure over your anklebone. You do want to measure around the largest part of your calf. It is also important to measure from the floor to the bend behind your knee. For thigh highs and pantyhose (waist high), you will also need to measure around your upper thigh, about 3” below the crease of the buttocks. Some pantyhose may also require the length, your height and weight, or hip measurements. If you are measuring for an armsleeve, you need to get three measurements: around your wrist, right below your elbow and around your upper arm (just below your arm pit). Some brands like Mediven or Juzo will have you measure the length of your arm as well. When you are measuring, make sure that your arm is bent slightly. You will want to measure the outside length from your wrist to the upper arm measurement. For gloves and gauntlets, simply measure around your wrist, avoiding the wrist bone, and the palm of your hand above your thumb.

  1. Do Not Choose To Wear The Wrong Size

Wearing the wrong size can result in more compression being applied than is desired. You shouldn’t wear something that you need to fold down at the top to fit your leg, or something that feels like it’s cutting off your circulation. This can be harmful and complicate existing conditions. Check for special sizing if you have a hard time finding something that’s comfortable. There are petite sizes, plus sizes, socks for wide calves and stockings made for longer legs. There are even compression stockings to wear during pregnancy, socks for diabetes and garments designed for men and women with sensitive skin. If you are really struggling to find a comfortable compression garment, don’t forget that customs are an option! Remember, sizing between brands is not universal. If you find that your measurements aren’t matching any of the size charts, try a different brand. Some collections run longer, some run shorter and others are smaller or larger. You can always give us a call at 877-545-8585 if you can’t find what you’re looking for or have sizing questions.

Have a Happy, Healthy Fourth of July!

Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps and fainting, which is the last thing you want to happen right before fireworks. During the summer months, it is extremely important to take care of your body, especially when you’re getting blasted with the heat from the grill or running around with the kids.  Here are a couple of delicious Fourth of July inspired drinks and foods to keep you and your family happy and healthy.

bb7440_6fbed6e909dd992004f242e0d3f5ee40.jpg_srb_p_630_945_75_22_0.50_1.20_0It’s not the Fourth of July without watermelon!! This delicious fruit is 92% water, which is extremely important during the summer to avoid dehydration.  Some other foods that are great for hydration are celery, cucumber and iceberg lettuce. You can get dehydrated from not consuming enough water, eating foods high in sodium and running around in the heat for a long time. To keep your body in check, make yourself some Fourth of July inspired fruit infused water.  Add pineapple, strawberries and blueberries for a fun Fourth of July drink that everyone will love.

Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Go ahead and indulge!!! Chocolate has been scientifically proven to have cardiovascular benefits and can help prevent heart attacks.  According to a study from the University of Aberdeen, “Researchers discovered that those people who had a higher intake of chocolate were 11-percent less likely to suffer a heart attack than people who ate no chocolate at all. People who regularly consumed chocolate were also 25-percent less likely to die from a heart issue and 23-percent less likely to suffer a stroke.”

DON’T: It’s only natural to cheat on your diet a little bit on the weekend or when you’re on vacation, but the important part is making smart choices. According to a new study, eating a lot of trans fats can negatively affect your memory. Trans fats are known for raising the levels of  “bad cholesterol” and lowering the “good cholesterol” in your body. If that’s not enough to curb your cravings, trans facts may even cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to problems with memory loss. “The researchers discovered a fascinating link between trans fats and memory: for every gram of trans fats consumed on a daily basis, the memory performance of the men dropped significantly. In fact, men whose diet included a lot of trans fats (16-grams or more) were able to recall 12 fewer words than men who ate less trans fats.”

Make sure not to overhydrate your body, especially if you are playing sports.  exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), or overhydration, prevents the kidneys from producing enough sodium, which results in the cells swelling. Although it is rare, some athletes have died from overhydration, yet no one has died on the field from dehydration. For the athletes in your life, make a dish with cabbage, artichokes, Brussels sprouts or turnips. They are great to boost cell renewal, aid in bone health, regulate blood pressure and for muscle performance.

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For a real breakfast of champions, make a Firecracker Smoothie with bananas, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to get tons of nutrients in a quick and easy breakfast that tastes amazing. Bananas have lots of Vitamin C and Potassium, which are good for managing your blood pressure and for your muscles. Blueberries help with memory loss, eyesight, and help relieve dry skin. Strawberries are filled with Vitamin C and are great for strengthening your immune system. Raspberries are also a great source of Vitamin C and fiber and are beneficial for diabetes management because they help to keep your blood sugar stable.

Have a happy Fourth of July!!

Beat the Heat with these Summer Health Tips

 

It is important to take care of your body, especially in the warmer months. Whether you’re heading to the pool, going camping or getting some exercise outside, we have tons of tips to keep you healthy and comfortable all summer long. Plus, check out some of the best skin care products and how to stay cool in the hottest weather.

The Basics

  1. Hydrate! The more water you drink, the easier it is for your body to regulate its temperature.
  2. Wear loose clothing to avoid overheating and to make you more comfortable.
  3. Avoid salty foods to prevent dehydration and swelling.
  4. Skin care is important! Make sure to moisturize your skin multiple times a day.
  5. Wear compression stockings while traveling and take frequent breaks on long trips to walk around.
  6. Stay in the shade as much as possible and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Skin Care

During the summer months, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun and moisturize frequently. If you have lymphedema, getting sunburn can damage your lymphatic system, resulting in overly sensitive skin. Make sure to apply sunscreen before heading out, but try to avoid applying it to areas covered by your compression garment. Suntan lotion can cause the material to deteriorate faster and can irritate the skin underneath the garment. You should also put on bug spray to avoid infections, cuts and discomfort. Try to use natural bug spray to eliminate unwanted chemicals such as DEET on your skin. If you do get bit, make sure to carefully wash and dry the area and apply a hydrocortisone cream.

“If you are going camping or hiking, be sure to take along a specialized first aid kit. The kit should include alcohol wipes to clean off any skin break, antibiotic cream for application on the skin, and bandages to protect the area.” – National Lymphatic Network

If you have dry or cracked skin, try using Remedy Skin Repair Cream. It is non-allergenic and great for those with diabetes or sensitive skin. If you are looking for a cream that won’t clog your pores, isn’t greasy and can be used with compression garments, try the Cutimed ACUTE Cream Mouse to moisturize your skin. It is perfect for people with diabetes, lymphedema or those with damaged skin. It is available in three different strengths, depending on what you need. For an everyday lotion that is also safe for compression garments, apply Medi Day Gel. This fast absorbing gel makes it easier to get your compression stockings on without the greasy residue.

Comfort is Key

During the summer, make sure to wear loose clothing to stay cool and to avoid restricting the flow of your lymphatic system. One of the most important things when you’re out in the sun is to wear comfortable shoes. Check out the new Dr. Comfort summer shoes for men and women. They are great for those with diabetes, plantar fasciitis or sensitive feet. They provide additional cushioning and shock absorption to keep you comfortably on your feet all day long. Nothing’s worse than tired feet halfway through the day!

Summer is one the best times for traveling, but it can also be the most uncomfortable. Whether you are flying, driving or traveling by train, make sure to wear your compression stockings! Sitting for long periods of time is bad for circulation and can lead to fatigue, swelling and more serious complications. If you are driving, make sure to use the air conditioning and stop as much as possible to get out and stretch. If you have lymphedema, try to keep your affected limb as elevated as possible. If you take a plane, the lower air pressure can aggravate lymphedema. If you have lower extremity lymphedema, try to get an aisle seat so you have more leg room and can get up to walk around more frequently without the difficulty. If you have lymphedema in your arms, make sure to carry a light carry-on or get a rolling suitcase to avoid heavy lifting. Again, make sure to stay hydrated while traveling!

How to Keep Your Cool in the Summer

If you have lymphedema, you know the importance of staying cool. When you start to feel overheated, try taking a cool shower and elevate the affected limb in an air conditioned place. You can also wrap the limb in a cold, wet towel and elevate it as well. To avoid getting your compression garment wet, the National Lymphatic Network suggests putting a plastic bag between the garment and the wet towel. This avoids skin irritation and damage to the garment. If you have upper extremity lymphedema, check out Lymphedivas. These fashionable compression armsleeves are made with moisture wicking fabric to keep your arm cool and dry. They are lightweight and are infused with aloe vera to soften and moisturize your skin. They are latex and silicone free, and made in America. To stay cool with compression socks, thigh highs or pantyhose, try an open toe stocking. This style is great to wear with sandals or other summer shoes.

It is also important to wash your compression garments daily, especially in the summer. Frequent washing is better for compression stockings because it helps to maintain its effectiveness and prolongs the garments lifespan. Regularly washing compression garments also helps to get rid of dirt and oils that can reduce the effectiveness of the garment and avoids bacteria that can cause skin irritation or other complications. Plus, lotions that aren’t safe for compression can cause the fabric to deteriorate faster.

Diet

Eating healthy is important for more reasons than getting the perfect “beach body.” During the summer, it is vital to avoid salty foods because they can lead to swelling, water retention and bloating. Instead of grabbing a soda and chips, snack on fruits, vegetables and nuts. Make sure to get lots of protein and to eat a big, balanced breakfast to keep your energy up all day long. Avoid foods with lots of carbohydrates and sugar to keep you from craving sweets and junk food. Eat 3-5 small meals throughout the day and make sure you’re not hungry. When you don’t eat enough, your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs and can lead to fainting, dizziness, exhaustion and fatigue. Most importantly, drink lots of water to give your body the oxygen it needs. Dehydration can cause you to feel overheated, so stay cool with a nice, refreshing glass of water.

Exercise

The summertime is great for exercising and playing sports, but it is important to take it easy. Physical activities you do in the winter won’t affect you as much as they do in the summer because of the heat. Even though you typically run 5 miles in the winter, you may not be able to run as far in the summer. The heat can cause your lymphatic system to “overload”, which is why many people with lymphedema dread the summer months. However, the heat doesn’t have to prevent you from going outside and enjoying yourself, you just have to be more careful. Make sure to exercise for a shorter amount of time and to take a lot of breaks. If your arm or leg starts to ache, hurt or feel irritated in any way, go inside to cool down and elevate the affected limb. This is a sign that your lymphatic system is overloaded.

Swimming is recommended for those with lymphedema. Make sure to moisturize after swimming in the pool to avoid dry skin. Once you are out of the water, remember to put your compression garment or bandages back on as soon as possible. You can use an old garment if you want to swim with one on. Remember to rinse off after swimming and dry completely to avoid infection and skin irritation. If you have lower extremity lymphedema, make sure to wear shoes at the pool whenever you’re not in the water to avoid bacteria or getting cuts or scratches that could get infected. If you have a cut or open wound, it is best to avoid swimming until after it has healed.

Resources

Cool Tips For A Hot Summer – NLN

How to Wear Compression in the Summer – RejuvaHealth

4 Tips To Get Your Legs Ready For Summer

Protect Your Skin From the Sun – American Cancer Society

Diabetes and Summer Safety Tips

Sigvaris Hypoallergenic Skin & Foot Cream

7 Critical Precautions for Summer if You Have Diabetes

How to Prevent Skin Cancer – American Cancer Society

New, Comfortable Shoes for Summer!

Dr. Comfort Sandals for Men and Women

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning vacations and swap out all of the heavy jackets hanging in your closet for t-shirts and dresses. Everyone knows how uncomfortable it can be on those long days in the hot sun with shoes that are rubbing and lots of sightseeing left to do. If you spend a lot of time outside on your feet during the warmer months, Dr. Comfort has your solution: sandals for men and women that are extremely comfortable and padded.

Dr. Comfort was founded in 2002 and makes diabetic footwear that is sold all around the world. With a focus on style, comfort and quality, they have created therapeutic shoes for casual and dress. Dr. Comfort shoes are made with the finest quality and designed with your comfort in mind. These shoes are great for those with diabetes, arthritis, sensitive feet, plantar fasciitis, or for those with swelling in their feet. Dr. Comfort offers slippers, shoes, sandals and more to keep you comfortable during a family outing or a business meeting.

For Women:

Dr. Comfort Women’s Sharon Sandal

Sharon-Black-Shoe-MedThe sophisticated Sharon sandal features exotic textures with beautiful jewels on the top and comes with a removable footbed for custom orthotics. The sole is extremely durable to provide shock absorption. The Sharon sandal is available in Black, Green and Peanut Brittle, in sizes 5-11 with a medium/wide width.

Dr. Comfort Women’s Shannon Sandal

Shannon-Black-MedThese comfortable sandals feature a cushioned footbed, built-in arch support and a dual density midsole. The Shannon sandal also provides shock absorption and helps to keep your feet dry and cool. They come in Red, Black and Camel in sizes 5-11 with a wide width.

Dr. Comfort Women’s Rachel Sandal

Rachel-Black-medFeatures a removable footbed for custom orthotics and a double Velcro closure for comfort and support. This therapeutic shoe has a wraparound strap in the back for support and security. Made with rich, exotic textures out of the finest quality. The Rachel sandal is available in Black and Peanut Brittle in sizes 5-11 with a medium/wide width.

For Men:

Dr. Comfort Men’s Collin Sandal

Collin-Camel-MedThis lightweight, diabetic shoe helps to correct posture as well as alleviate foot and back pain. Features a dual density midsole and cushioned footbed for the support and comfort you need. It comes in Camel, Chocolate and Black in sizes 8-13 with an extra wide width.

Dr. Comfort Men’s Connor Sandal

Connor-Black-MedFeatures a secure Velcro closure, a dual density midsole, a cushioned footbed, built-in arch support and shock absorption. This diabetic sandal is great for those with wide feet or to relieve plantar fasciitis symptoms. Available in Chocolate, Camel and Black in sizes 8-13 with an extra wide width.

Dr. Comfort Men’s Greg Sandal

Greg-Brown-MedThis lightweight sandal features a removable back strap to convert to a slide. The Greg sandal comes with a removable footbed for custom orthotics. Features a dual density midsole and helps to correct posture as well as alleviate pain in your feet, legs and back. Available in Black and Brown in sizes 7-14 with a medium/wide width.

It is extremely important to take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes, to protect yourself from a future complication. Dr. Comfort is one of the most popular orthopedic shoe brands for a reason. See for yourself why so many people wear Dr. Comfort.

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Best Socks for Diabetics

SmartKnit Crew SockTaking proper care of your feet is incredibly important to anyone with diabetes. Diabetics often suffer from poor circulation and neuropathy, which can lead to very serious foot problems including infection and in some cases amputation. Finding a sock that will increase circulation, reduce moisture around the foot, and limit the formation of blisters or ulcers should be a priority for diabetics.

When looking for the right diabetic socks, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • Compression: Light compression socks (8-15 mmHg) will increase the circulation in the legs, helping to energize the legs by bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the feet and ankles. Increased circulation can also help heal minor wounds or muscle injuries on the leg and feet more quickly.
  • White Socks: Diabetics tend to have low nerve sensitivity in their feet, also called neuropathy. This means that if you stub your toe or step on a sharp object during the day, you might not immediately realize you’ve injured your foot or broken the skin.  Wearing white or light colored socks – that will easily show blood – can be incredibly helpful in these situations as you will be quickly alerted when you remove your shoes that you have injured your foot.
  • Moisture-wicking Fabric: A wound on the foot can be extremely dangerous for a diabetic as the body has a much more difficult time fighting infection and healing. By wearing socks that wick away moisture and kill bacteria, diabetics can reduce the chance of infection.  Socks that are woven with silver and copper thread can kill 99% of bacteria on the foot.  Additionally, many diabetic socks are made with moisture-wicking polyester or acrylic fabrics.
  • Seams: Regular socks often have seams at the toe and heel that can irritate sensitive skin by rubbing against it throughout the day. This daily irritation can lead to the formation of blisters or open wounds. To avoid this, only consider seamless socks that minimize pressure points on the foot.

If you’re looking for diabetic socks, with or without compression, be sure to check out our diabetic socks page. There are several types of socks that have low compression and plenty of cushioning to prevent blisters and abrasions. These socks are available in crew, low cut, and knee-high sizes and in a wide range of prices.
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Gee Your Feet Smell Horrific!

Have you ever found yourself in the same room with a pair of unpleasantly smelly feet?  Yuck.  Were the feet yours? Double yuck.  Make note, BrightLife Direct has socks that will tame even the most odoriferous feet.

Foot odor is created by bacterial toxins that thrive in warm, moist, confined conditions, like sweaty socks.  Did you know there are 250,000 sweat glands in your feet?  More than any other part of your body!  Socks obviously come in direct contact with your feet and the fiber composition of a sock can have a direct effect on foot odor.  Synthetic fibers like nylon and spandex can restrict ventilation making the foot warmer and wetter.  Natural fibers like cotton and wool provide greater air flow, but all compression stockings must have some synthetic fibers to provide the needed compression.

Two great solutions for your little stinkers are our Juzo Silver Sole socks and our new Aetrex Copper Sole socks.  Silver and copper have natural anti-microbial properties that kill off the bacteria at the root of the problem.  Aetrex copper socks are relatively new to BrightLife Direct.  In addition to Aetrex compression, we sell their non-binding cushioned diabetic socks, and their athletic socks with cushioned feet and arch support.

As of this writing we have not received any Aetrex customer reviews, but our staff loves them!

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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The Medical Benefits of Mohair Socks

Extremely beneficial for anyone suffering from diabetes, sensitive feet, and eczema

Mohair socks have medical benefits for anyone who suffers from poor circulation, eczema, foot sensitivity, skin ailments, and especially diabetes. This is because mohair has a unique cellular structure that draws moisture and odor away from the skin, keeping feet dry and fresh.  Mohair is coveted for its luxurious, soft natural fibers which prevent chafing and provide protection to keep the skin free from irritation.  Mohair does not have the microscopic scales that are characteristic of wool, so it feels soft and soothing against your skin.

A solution for diabetics

BrightLife Direct has just added the Mohair Diabetic Sock to our Allegro line of stockings.  The leading diabetes organization in South Africa, Diabetes SA, is recommending the mohair sock.  “It’s our considered opinion that the sock is the best sock available in the world for diabetics and we recommend its use to all diabetics without reservation.”

A natural insulator

The mohair fibers, being hollow, act as a natural insulator to one’s feet. This means that when the outside temperature is cool or cold, the fibers will trap & keep in a high percentage of the warmth created by the blood circulation in one’s foot. Similarly, when the outside temperatures are warm or hot, the hollow mohair fibers will keep out & stop any excessive heat from reaching one’s foot, & will prevent feet from overheating.

Soft and yet so strong

The individual mohair fibers are longer and inherently much stronger than cashmere, wool or cotton.  Additionally, we blend bamboo and nylon fibers for increased durability. The Allegro Mohair Diabetic Sock has a very long life span. Machine wash and dry is recommended.  In fact you will get your best fit after the first washing.  The sock turns into a small fuzzy ball after machine drying but magically expands to your foot form and remembers that shape wash after wash.  While the outer sock is smooth, the inner is woven with a terry mesh for added comfort.  In South Africa (where most mohair originates today) mohair socks are typically worn by farmers and laborers who appreciate it’s protective yet soothing qualities.

All year round socks

This means that anyone who suffers from diabetes, thinning of the blood or any other ailments which cause poor blood circulation to the extreme parts of the body will also feel an immediate benefit from wearing mohair socks all year round. In summer & warmer temperatures feet will maintain a comfortable temperature & will not overheat. In winter & colder temperatures one’s feet will become & stay considerably warmer than wearing socks made from wool, cotton or man made fibers, & heat loss from feet will be minimized, thus maintaining a warm & comfortable foot.

History of Mohair

Mohair comes from the Angora goat which originated in Tibet.  The history of mohair and angora goats is long and well documented. It is probably one of the most ancient fiber sources known to man as evidenced by Biblical references that date to approximately 3,500 years ago during the time of Moses.

About 2500 years ago the Angora goats were introduced to the Ankara region of Turkey where they were bred with indigenous goats and thrived.  The Mohair wool was so coveted in the Ottoman Empire that exportation of the goats was deterred by penalty of death.

Beginning in the sixteenth century the Turkish angora goats were bestowed as gifts from the Ottoman Sultans.  The Spanish King Charles V was among the first to receive a small herd of goats.  Soon, European aristocrats and landed gentry of that era sported items made of mohair as a status symbol.

Mohair was introduced to the United States in 1849 when the Sultan of Turkey presented President James Polk with nine of his finest goats.  Today, Texas is the largest producer of mohair in the U.S.

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