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Brand Spotlight: medi Compression Socks

Ever tried to wear compression socks to work, but struggled to find compression options that would look like a regular dress sock? Well, you’re in luck: Mediven makes compression socks and stockings for both men and women that are practically a copy of regular dress sock in their aesthetic design, plus they offer a whole host of other options. Read on to discover seven reasons why we love medi compression socks.   They look like regular dress socks. One of the defining advantages of Mediven compression stockings is that they look like a regular dress sock. No one else but you will know that they are actually compression socks! From the design to the materials to the colors to the...

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How Do Anti-Embolism Stockings Work?

Anti-embolism stockings are a specific subset of compression hosiery, generally used for patients confined to bed for recovery. But what exactly makes them different from other products, and who should wear them? Below, we explain what an embolism is, why anti-embolism stockings are different and how anti-embolism stockings work.   What is an embolism? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disorder that includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein—usually in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis—while pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism prevents oxygen...

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What Is Lymphedema? How You Can Treat it with Proper Lymphedema Products

What Is Lymphedema? How You Can Treat it with Proper Lymphedema Products

Lymphedema, or swelling in one limb or one particular area of the body, affects many patients every year. It’s estimated that one in 1,000 Americans and as many as 200 million people worldwide suffer from lymphedema. This disorder of the lymphatic system may arise spontaneously, or it can be caused by certain medical procedures, especially cancer treatment. Below, we explain everything you need to know about lymphedema, starting with what the lymphatic system is and how it works. We then cover what symptoms of lymphedema to look out for and what diagnostic techniques your doctor might try. Finally, we offer tips for preventing the development of lymphedema and cover treatment options for those who already have symptoms.   The Lymphatic...

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Why You Need the Proper Elbow Support for Tennis Elbow Pains

Contrary to the common name, tennis elbow doesn’t just affect tennis players, or even athletes. Anyone who subjects their arms, especially their elbow joint, to repetitive motions can develop tennis elbow—including plumbers, painters, carpenters, butchers, auto workers, cooks and many other professions. Luckily, tennis elbow often gets better on its own with rest and recovery, and there are plenty of ways to mitigate the pain in the meantime. Read on to find out what symptoms to look for and what treatments to try. Symptoms of Tennis Elbow Tennis elbow, officially called lateral epicondylitis, is a classic repetitive stress injury caused by overuse of the elbow joint. It occurs when the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of...

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The Most Comfortable Warm Weather Orthopedic Sandals for Women

In the summertime, no one wants to wear bulky boots or heavy-soled shoes, and many women turn to sandals, flip flops and wedges. But no matter how stylish or trendy these sandals may be, they’re usually flat, uncomfortable and unsupportive. Unsupportive flat shoes have been known to cause plantar fasciitis; fallen arches; tearing tendons; ingrown toenails; back, knee, ankle and hip problems; and heel pressure. Thankfully, orthopedic sandals can combat or prevent all these foot issues while still allowing you to sport sandals all summer long. Orthopedic sandals either have a built-in orthotic sole, or feature a removable sole so you can insert your own orthotics. Here are the five best orthopedic sandals we recommend for the summer months: Dr....

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