Today’s a big Thursday – we’re highlighting BrightLife Direct President Kip Bright! Read on to learn about Kip’s favorite product and more.
Taking 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.
By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
A venous stasis ulcer is an open sore, usually on the lower leg above the ankle bone, that won’t heal. The reason it won’t heal is because there isn’t enough blood flowing to that area of your leg.
If you have a leg ulcer, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Left untreated, this area of dying tissue can spread and if bad enough, result in amputation. Medicare, Medicaid, and almost all insurance will cover the treatment of a leg ulcer.
Basic treatment starts with cleaning and disinfecting the wound. If you have an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Once cleaned, the ulcer is bandaged and then your leg is either wrapped with compression bandages or a compression stocking to increase the flow of blood so you can heal.
Once you leave the doctors office or hospital, continued care at home is critical or you’ll be back in the hospital with a more serious problem. Keep the wound clean. Wash your leg and foot daily with a mild soap (Dreft or Ivory Snow) and warm water. After you’ve washed and thoroughly dried your leg, apply a clean bandage to the ulcer. Moisturizing the other parts of your leg and foot with a lanolin-based lotion (Lubriderm, Eucerin) will help keep your skin healthy. Now rewrap or put on the compression stocking as instructed.
Many compression stocking manufacturers market an Ulcer Kit, which is made up of two stockings; an ulcer liner and an outer compression stocking. The combined compression is about 40mmHg, the recommended level for treating a leg ulcer.
This two sock system has several benefits. Ulcer liners are less expensive than the outer compression stocking, so you can buy 3 or 4 which makes cleaning them daily much easier. The liner protects the compression stocking from bodily fluids and holds bandages in place when donning the stocking. Finally, ulcer liners provide mild compression and can be worn at night while you sleep, which improves blood flow and healing. Although a little more expensive, ulcer liners with silver in the fabric help prevent further infection. Silver is naturally antimicrobial and antifungal, so it protects your leg from bacteria and infection.
If you can’t afford an Ulcer Kit, pairing an ulcer liner with a 30-40mmHg open toe compression stocking is an alternative. Whichever treatment your doctor recommends, keeping your leg clean and using compression as prescribed is critical to healing your ulcer.
By: Pete@BrightLife Direct
Itch, Burn, Scratch. You have athlete’s foot. It’s annoying and painful, but doing something as simple as choosing the right socks may be all you need to get rid of it AND prevent athlete’s foot in the future.
First, it’s important to understand that athlete’s foot thrives in wet environments. Your feet sweat more than any other part of your body, and when you wear traditional socks or (worse!) shoes without socks, that sweat gets trapped and allows the infection to basically throw a huge, obnoxious house party on your feet. Time to call the cops on that party, right? In that case, you need to find socks that will immediately absorb the moisture your feet produce, and also eliminate the bacteria on your feet. BrightLife Direct has an entire line of compression socks for athlete’s foot. These socks are dedicated to getting rid of and preventing athlete’s foot in the future.
Compression socks are perfect for absorbing foot moisture and getting rid of athlete’s foot. Because they fit close against the skin, they can immediately wick away moisture from your feet. Additionally, many of our athletic compression socks are made with fabric that is embedded with metal ions. Socks with copper and silver ions can destroy 99.9% of the bacteria and fungus surrounding your foot, which is why most military socks are woven with these metals.
Make sure you take your measurements to determine the correct fit for you, because if they’re too tight, you won’t be able to get them on, and if they’re too lose, they won’t absorb all the moisture on your foot. Here’s a list we pulled together of our best socks for athlete’s foot:
Our Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks have copper woven into the sole. Copper is naturally antifungal, so it helps kill the cause of athlete’s foot. These socks are also knit using CoolMax Polyester, so they do a great job of wicking moisture away from the skin.
The Aetrex Copper Sole Non-Binding Socks are designed to wick away moisture and compress your feet in order to encourage venous return, which is a big bonus if your job requires you to be on your feet all day. These socks are priced as low as $9.76 and are woven with copper fibers to fight bacteria.
Juzo manufactures a wide variety of compression stockings with silver woven into just the sole of the sock, and woven throughout the entire stocking. Full silver stockings are often prescribed for patients with lymphedema or cellulitis, where keeping the skin as free from bacteria is very important. Juzo Silver Sole stockings are available in a mild compression in crew, mini-crew and knee high styles. These make great diabetic socks. If more compression is required, their Silver Sole Ribbed socks come in 20-30 and 30-40mmHg compressions. These styles also have a longer foot portion, so they’re great for individuals with large feet. Juzo brand stockings are all machine washer and dryer safe, with prices starting at $13.59.
Mediven’s line of Active socks feature a patented Clima Fresh technology that prevents colonization by micro-organisms and bacteria on the leg and foot.
Lastly, Vitalsox Athletic Sock are great for healthy recovery after long workouts and quick moisture absorption. These Vitalsox are woven with silver anti-microbial fibers to decrease the presence of bacteria.
These are just a few of the brands that we carry that can help with your athlete’s foot. Check out BrightLife Direct’s wide array of compression socks for athletes to find the best socks for your lifestyle.
If you need help choosing the right size or brand, give us a call at 1-877-545-8585 or use the live chat feature on our website. Nobody should have to suffer from athlete’s foot, so put a stop to the spread of that pesky infection and purchase your own compression socks today!
By Brita @ BrightLife Direct
This Thursday is extra special because you get to learn about one of BrightLife Direct’s founders – Pete! Many of you have had the pleasure of speaking with Pete over email or the phone. With fourteen years of compression industry experience – it’s safe to say he has all the answers (about socks, stockings, and armsleeves anyway!).
If anyone understands lower back pain, tired feet, and aching legs, it’s nurses and nurse practitioners.
But did you know that weary, achy body parts can actually lead to fatigue and grogginess, too? And nurses are the last people who want to be experiencing fatigue on the job.
Relax, there’s a solution here! It comes in the form of compression stockings and compression socks for nurses, which, as the name suggests, compresses the legs to coax higher blood flow. It’s important to occasionally sit, stretch, and, of course, wear comfortable shoes, but adding compression stockings to your outfit might just be the icing on the cake to keep your legs ache-free, and your brain alert.
Check out some of Bright Life Direct’s best-reviewed compression socks for nurses and other professionals who are on their feet all day:
“I have been ordering these stockings for over 10 years now. They hold up great and provide great support. My legs do not feel tired after a 12 hour shift on my feet as a nurse. They are light weight and do not make me hot wearing them. Would highly recommend!” – Tecumseh, MI
“I received the socks yesterday in the mail and wore them to work for my evening shift in the operating room. They were awesome. My legs felt great–my feet weren’t hot and sweaty @ 2300 when my shift was done. There was lots of room in the socks for my toes and the socks did not slide down once. I would certainly buy more of the Allegro support sock. Thank you!” – London, Ontario
“Very comfortable socks! My feet and legs feel great even at the end of a 16 hour shift. They wash nicely too. I probably wouldn’t wear them in the summer they are thick and might be too hot. As always brightlife direct has the best customer service and fastest free shipping!” – Bethel, CT
“Love these knee highs! Nice compression! They keep me going all day!” – Arlington, VA
“Just received these for my husband and he loves them. He is in sales and on his feet all day and came home with legs a lot less fatigued.” – Worcester, MA
“I work 12 hour shifts and stay mostly on my feet. I purchased the Jobst Relief Knee Highs 20-30mmHg for 28.76 and I love them. My feet and ankles tend to swell after so many hours of running around on hard floors but these pressure stockings really help keep the swelling down. I was afraid they would need constant adjusting but they don’t. I’ll definitely buy more.” – Chicago, IL
Next Step: Measurement
Once you’ve decided which brand of nurse compression stockings sounds best for you, it’s time to take your measurements to determine what size you need. The best time to measure is in the morning when you first wake up, when your joints are completely relaxed and not so fatigued. Take a flexible tape measure, and determine the circumference of your ankle, calf, knee, and thigh. Then, measure the length from your foot to your knee, and your knee to your hip. Making sure your measurements add up will help you get that perfect fit. Once you have your measurements, you can use them to find the correct size on BrightLife Direct’s Size Charts – located on each individual product page.
If you’re confused by sizing or overwhelmed by choices – you can always call us at 1-877-545-8585 and one of our certified fitters will walk you through measurements and choosing the best product for you.
By Brita @ BrightLife Direct