Comparing Varicose Vein Treatment Options

Doctors at the University of Heidelberg and Saarland University Hospital, both in Germany, recently completed a study comparing the effectiveness of traditional surgery and lasers in the treatment of varicose veins.

346 patients were randomly assigned to have either high ligation and stripping (HLS) or endovenous laser treatment (EVLT).  Two years after treatment, patients were evaluated for the effectiveness of the treatment, quality of life, and adverse effects.

Both treatments were found to be safe, effective, and improved the patients quality of life, but there were differences.

Varicose veins recurred in 23.1% of the patients who had traditional surgery (HLS), versus 16.2% of the patients who had laser treatment (EVLT).  Laser treatment resulted in better blood flow, cosmetic results, and faster recovery, but these patients experienced more swelling, tightness and skin discoloration.  Blood pooling where the veins in the leg come together was higher for individuals who had laser treatment, 18% versus 1% for traditional surgery.

You can read the entire study in the September 19th edition of Archives of Dermatology.

Not all varicose veins require removal.  Most can be treated with compression stockings. Talk to your doctor.

Pete@BrightLife Direct

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

Is there compression in the feet of my stockings?

Many people assume there is compression in the foot of compression stockings.  Generally, this is not true.  The foot portion of compression stockings may feel snug, especially if you have large feet, but it does not have medical compression.  Compression begins at the ankle in almost all ready-to-wear compression stockings, with one exception.

The Juzo Dynamic (Varin) Neuropathic provides 30-40mmHg with increased compression beginning at the metatarsals.  The metatarsals are the five long bones that connect your toes to the middle bones of your foot.  Varin Neuropathic stockings are available in knee high and thigh high styles, in regular and short lengths,  with an open or closed toe.  They come in beige, black, or chestnut.  Designed with a very soft inside, Varin Neuropathic are ideal for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Pete@BrightLife Direct