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Compression Arm Sleeves, Gloves & Gauntlets

While many people are familiar with compression socks and stockings, there are also compression garments for the upper extremities. Similar to those for the legs, compression sleeves, gloves and gauntlets create a graduated pressure in the arm and/or hand that can reduce swelling (edema), pain and fluid retention. They…
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Meet the Author - Kaki Zell

    Kaki Zell has worked in the medical device industry for over 11 years. She has served as Co-Owner and Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Ecommerce since acquiring the Legs-4-Life in May 2010. Prior to Legs-4-Life, she worked in management for PepsiCo and D.O. Allen Homes. She’s been interviewed by Net Elixir and spoken at a Net Elixir lead Google conference as an industry expert and holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Science Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

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COVID-19 & the Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

A soon-to-be-published article in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatic Disorders noted an increase in the number of cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. This was an anecdotal study from one hospital in Italy, but the findings are significant. DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE) already result in a significant number of hospital deaths, according to the National Blood Clot Alliance. The authors of the upcoming study hypothesize several reasons for this increased incidence of DVT. First, all hospitalized patients are at increased risk for DVT because they are typically immobile. Second, the COVID-19 infection may result in the release of inflammatory molecules that can injure the lining of veins and thus increase the...

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We've partnerned with March of Dimes! Read the official press release:

March of Dimes North Carolina Partners with Ames Walker in the distribution of 3,000+ facemasks to local NICU Facilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MAY 6, 2020  March of Dimes today launched a new program with Ames Walker, a company that supplies compression socks and hosiery, converted a sock line to manufacture masks. Ryan and Kaki Zell, owners of Ames Walker are partnering with March of Dimes to provide face masks to distribute to hospital partners in NC (Novant Health Care in Charlotte will receive the first shipment on May 8,2020) for parents who are leaving the hospital with a newborn.

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How Compression Socks Can Help Ease the Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

If you regularly experience an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, you may be diagnosed with restless leg syndrome (RLS). This common condition is characterized by an uncomfortable sensation in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move the limbs. You may also notice an increase in discomfort at night, as well as relief once you start moving your legs again. It’s even possible to experience nighttime leg twitching or a feeling of pulling, aching, or itching within the limb. While restless legs can disrupt your life, there are ways you can make yourself more comfortable and reduce your symptoms. Start by talking to your doctor about whether your medicines or health conditions are leading to RLS and if it’s...

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