Meet Woolamina!

If you’re on our email or mailing list, you’ve probably seen our sock cartoon pop up a few times, but she has never been properly introduced.  So without further ado, we are very excited to present BrightLife Direct’s new “Spokesock”… Woolamina – The Soxy Lady!

From a humble, ragtag beginning, Woolamina has worked her way up to the pinnacle of success, for a sock.  Here, are some of the highlights of her life so far.

In all seriousness, we know that shopping for compression products can be challenging at times, but we’re always looking for ways to make it a little less frustrating and a bit more cheerful. We hope this silly sock makes you smile!  If you have any ideas for new members to add to our mascot family – please let us know!

 

New Juzo Dream Colors for Spring/Summer 2017

We’re two days into Spring, which means it’s time for the new Juzo Dream Colors!  Here’s a sneak peak of the newest Dream colors for Spring and Summer. Dream colors are available in the Juzo Soft, Naturally Sheer, and Dynamic lines of compression garments, in knee high, thigh high, pantyhose, leggings, armsleeves and gauntlets.

 

Colors this season are more muted than the recent past, and coordinate beautifully with the colors of nature that are hot this year.  Choose from Magenta, Clay, Cool Gray, Amethyst, Royal Blue and Pewter. These beautiful colors will also be available in tie dye and black tie dye in the Juzo Soft and Dynamic lines. Naturally Sheer Dream colors are only available in solid colors.

For customers that need a durable garment but want something more colorful than the basic black or beige, you’re in luck! The Juzo Dream color program includes the Dynamic Collection and will also be available in tie dye and black tie dye.

These new colors will be available starting on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. Please remember that these products are dyed to order and can take 1-2 weeks to ship.

Join our blog email list on the right, to stay up to get the latest news on the Juzo Dream Collection.

 

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.

Shop Dr. Comfort Now