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6 Health Benefits from Using a Leg Elevation Pillow

You know that it feels good to put your feet up at the end of the day, but do you know why? Well, it’s not just in your head. Elevating your legs can promote better circulation, reduce swelling and offer many more benefits. Here are six reasons you should start elevating your legs: 1. Encourage Better Circulation Gravity is super important for life as we know it, but it can adversely impact your extremities. Gravity constantly pulls down on your blood, impeding its flow. If your blood vessels and valves are already compromised, gravity can cause blood to pool in your lower body, reducing your circulation. Elevating your legs helps reverse this process, encouraging the blood to flow back towards...

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6 Reasons Why Vionic Sandals Should Be Your Go-To Summer Shoe

Summer season means sandal season—which means flat soles, no arch support and flimsy straps. Or does it? One of our favorite brands, Vionic unites the comfort of orthopedic soles with the quality of high-end brands and the trends of the most fashionable lines. Here are six reasons we’re loving their sandals this summer: 1. Comfortable Soles Sandals normally feature flat, hard, inflexible soles that hurt after an hour of wear. But all Vionic soles, including their sandal designs, are just as thick, cushy and flexible as your favorite pair of sneakers. Vionic claims that its supportive soles are “addictive,” and once you try on a pair, we think you’ll agree. We know that we do! If you need to wear...

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9 Occupations That Would Benefit from Doctor-Approved Compression Therapy

If you think your job might be negatively impacting your circulation, you might be right. Occupations that require you to sit or stand all day (or a combination of both) can contribute to slow blood flow—but compression therapy can help to improve circulation. Here are nine occupations that can benefit from compression therapy: 1. Medical Professionals Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, home health aides, technicians—pretty much all medical professionals spend their entire shift standing and walking. In fact, nurses often cover more than four miles in the hospital corridors during a 12-hour shift. Compression socks keep their legs and circulation healthy, so they can focus on patients instead. 2. Air Travel Workers Flight attendants are usually required to wear more formal tights...

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Compression Therapy for Varicose Veins: Benefits, Tips and More

Compression Therapy for Varicose Veins: Benefits, Tips and More

You’ve noticed dark, swollen, unsightly veins forming in your lower legs, and you suspect that you might have varicose veins. You’ve heard that compression stockings can prevent their appearance or manage symptoms if you’ve already got varicose veins—but you haven’t worn compression garments before and don’t want to start. To help you out, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on compression therapy for varicose veins. Below, we’ll explain what varicose veins are, as well as causes and risk factors for developing them. Then we’ll explain when it’s a good idea to wear compression stockings for varicose veins and offer shopping and donning tips to help you choose the right pair. What Are Varicose Veins? If you have blue, twisted veins...

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Tips for Diabetic Foot Care: Cleaning Your Feet, Wearing Diabetic Socks and More

Diabetes is a serious condition that occurs when your blood glucose (a.k.a. blood sugar) is too high. It affects nearly a tenth of Americans: As of 2015, 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, had diabetes. Over time, diabetes can lead to other complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye problems, dental disease, nerve damage and foot problems. Foot problems are especially common in diabetics, so we’ve put together a guide that offers our best tips for taking care of your feet if you have diabetes. Here are our seven best strategies: 1. Manage your diabetes with other lifestyle changes. Taking care of your feet without addressing the other symptoms of diabetes...

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