We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Nisha Bunke, a venous disease specialist, on the benefits of wearing VIM & VIGR compression socks. Dr. Bunke gave us some valuable insight on venous insufficiency, a condition that affects 1 in 4 people in the US. She also discusses deep vein thrombosis (a potentially life threatening condition) and common causes of varicose veins. In this educational blog series, we will share our conversation with Dr. Bunke and explain who is at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis, how to prevent it, and the benefits of VIM & VIGR’s compression socks.
Why Compression Socks?
We already know that our high-functioning compression socks work to help you put your best foot forward. They promote circulation throughout your legs which can help prevent and reduce the risk of DVT and improve overall circulatory health. Dr. Bunke explains, “Compression therapy improves microcirculation, lymph drainage, arterial flow, venous pump and decreases edema.” In other words, compression socks help move stagnant blood due to poor circulation and lack of movement. This helps prevent conditions like DVT and promotes overall health.
From athletes to professionals, travelers to expecting moms, everyone can experience improved circulation and vein health by wearing VIM & VIGR socks. Dr. Bunke is a huge advocate for preventative vein care and suggests wearing compression socks even before varicose veins develop. “Once people really understand and experience the medical benefits of compression therapy, I think it will be incorporated into every healthy lifestyle for those who are health-conscious.” says Dr. Bunke. Prevention is key and maintaining good leg circulation can help stop DVT in its tracks before the condition has a chance to develop.
It is important to note, however, that not all compression socks are made equally. Dr. Bunke points out that buyers should ensure that the socks have graduated compression before they purchase them. Some products may claim to use compression technology but can cause more harm than good. Dr. Bunke recommends VIM & VIGR’s line of compression socks to her clients. “These socks are refreshingly comfortable, fashionable yet still therapeutic. For these reasons, I wear them and I think patients will love them too!” she says.
Make sure and check in for next week’s installation, “Who is at Risk?” to learn more about risk factors for developing venous disease and what you can do to reduce your risks.
**In addition to her busy practice, Dr. Nisha Bunke also has her own online compression sock site called CompressRx.com.**
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We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.
If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.
Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.
Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.
Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.
All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.
Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel.
Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.
With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.
Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.