Jobst Travel Socks are back. These were a customer favorite for many years, but due to production problems, were discontinued. Jobst has just reintroduced this sock in the same great cotton blend fabric for men and women. Features include:
- All day comfort top-band, that keeps your stockings in place no matter how long the trip
- Reinforced heel and toe for durability
- Soft cotton/nylon/spandex blend fabric that feels great against the skin and keeps your feet dry and comfortable
- Ribbed design in two colors: black and
Travel socks have been proven to reduce the risk of developing a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or blood clot in the leg which can turn into a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. They also prevent your legs and feet from swelling due to sitting in a confined space for an extended period of time. If you have ever taken your shoes off at the beginning of a long-haul flight, you know how difficult it can be to put them back on when you land. If you keep your shoes on, you’ve felt how tight they become. Compression travel socks will help prevent this problem.
The improved circulation also alleviates some of the aches and pains in your legs associated with sitting for a long time.
Jobst Travel Socks have a graduated compression of 15-20mmHg. Graduated means the compression is higher at the ankle, and gradually decreases up the leg. This is one of the ways the stocking helps your circulatory system push blood from the lower extremities back to your heart. This level of compression is considered moderate and is the recommended level of compression for travel, assuming you don’t have any other venous issues.
If you prefer a fabric other than cotton, BrightLife Direct has a large selections of other fabrics and styles to choose from. If your summer vacation plans include traveling for more than 3-4 hours, don’t forget to wear your travel socks.
When you sell compression socks, you get a lot of free samples. Yesterday I wore a pair of Gold Toe Support socks I received in the mail. My Dad used to wear these to the office everyday. They are nicely made socks. The foot portion was comfortable and the length was great, but they don’t provide graduated compression. (A higher compression at the ankle that gradually decreases up the leg.) These are just tight socks. By the time I was driving home my feet felt a little numb.
Knitting a sock with graduated compression is quite difficult. A very specialized knitting machine is required and there are only two companies in the world that make them, both in Europe. Before knitting can begin, these machines have to be set-up and programmed by a highly trained technician. Add in very specialized nylon and spandex fibers, and one begins to see why compression stockings cost more than regular socks.
So how can you tell if a sock has graduated compression? There will be a range of compression listed, like 15-20mmHg or 20-30mmHg. If you see just a single compression, like 18mmHg, it’s not graduated. 18mmHg is the typical compression of anti-embolism stockings; the white stockings you see on every patient in a hospital. They aren’t graduated because they’re designed to be worn when prone in bed because the stocking doesn’t have to work against gravity. Of course buying from a reputable company that takes these things seriously is also very prudent.
Compression stockings are an amazing product. Light compressions really do energize tired, aching legs, and higher compressions do an amazing job of treating everything from varicose veins and swollen ankles to lymphedema and venous stasis ulcers. But if the sock is promising miracles, run don’t walk in the other direction.
In the world of compression alternatives the new “ThinGrip” from Farrow Medical is a revolutionary product. The fabric is extremely thin and lightweight, with a porous lining that gently grips the skin but also breaths. Many alternative compression garments are big, bulky and prone to slipping. ThinGrip doesn’t slip and has a very low profile which means you don’t have to dress to accommodate your compression garment.
ThinGrip can be worn without a liner. This means you stay cooler, the garment is thinner, and it’s easier to don. ThinGrip still provides a high working compression when you are active, so that it can be used to treat mild, moderate, and even some severe cases of edema.
Why would you wear a FarrowWrap garment instead of a traditional compression stocking? Here are a few of the many reasons:
- Traditional compression stockings are too difficult to put on
- Compression is needed round-the-clock
- Your swelling fluctuates significantly throughout the day
- Skin is too fragile or it’s too painful to pull on a traditional stocking
- You have a nonstandard limb shape
FarrowWrap ThinGrip is available for the foot, calf, thigh and hand. Ask your therapist if ThinGrip is right for you.
The Belisse Compressure Comfort Garment is much more than a mastectomy bra. It’s a medical compression garment that drains excess lymphatic fluid in the chest and breast area, that may result from breast cancer or other chest and truncal surgeries. Belisse addresses the specific needs of women with lymphedema, post-surgical discomfort, and post-radiation edema and/or fibrosis. By gently compressing all around the torso, it directs the lymphatic fluids to other functional pathways in the body. Built-in pockets simplify the use of specialty pads to address specific breast and chest wall fibrosis.
Belisse is available in a wide variety of sizes. A front zipper makes it easy to don and easy to adjust. Variable position back closures offer added adjust-ability. The attractive shape can be worn comfortably day and night. It is soft on the skin, smooth to allow restful sleep, and unobtrusive under clothing.