From the Desk of a Nurse

Lindsey Peterson is a Nurse Practitioner in Missoula, MT. She’s also an outdoor enthusiast and an avid wearer of compression socks. In this guest blog, she shares why she wears compression and her favorite style of VIM & VIGR legwear.

Do you sit or stand for long periods during your work day? Do you notice your legs ache by the end of your shift? Do you hate the idea of developing varicose veins? Me too!

I, a nurse practitioner, have found a simple healthy solution to these problems that also offers style and comfort.

Compression legwear offers a number of physical advantages to our lower extremities. A few of these benefits include: reducing leg pain (due to long stints of sitting or standing), preventing unsightly varicose veins, and reducing the risk of developing detrimental blood clots in our deeper leg veins (Deep Vein Thrombosis). Kind of important, eh? Even better, with the right fit there are no negatives or side effects associated with their use!!

I first learned about of compression socks years ago while working long 12-hour shifts as a registered nurse in the hospital setting. I spent upwards of 11 hours on my feet and by the end of the day my legs would ache terribly. At night, I tried putting my legs up a wall for relief, trying to reduce the blood flow to my feet and ankles. While this helped in the moment, it wasn’t a good long-term solution. Enter compression socks. At this point I didn’t care that my socks were plain grey and reminded me of my grandma (I kept them hidden under my scrubs). With their use, I noticed a dramatic reduction in the overall pain in my legs. I wore them so much I dug holes in the heels!

I currently work in the urgent care setting as a nurse practitioner where I am no longer required to wear scrubs or spend long hours on my feet. I love my job!! In my new role I am sitting much more. Since sitting for too long is thought to be even more hazardous to our health than standing, I continue to use compression socks. Compression legwear has proven to be beneficial when sitting OR standing for long periods of time. It’s all about good blood flow!

With VIM & VIGR on the legwear scene, there is now such a thing as cute, stylish compression socks! These days, I have many pairs of fun, cozy socks that look cute (priorities), and prevent fatigue and swelling in my lower extremities. With compression socks, whether I am sitting or standing at work, I notice a difference in how my legs feel. And, they are durable: No matter how many times I wear my VIM & VIGR socks they still feel and appear like new, and I haven’t developed drafty holes in the heels.

What I love most is VIM & VIGR not only excels in style and quality, but also fit. When shopping for compression legwear, it is important to pick the right size for you to reap the benefits of compression and avoid any discomfort.

Recently, I have fallen in love with VIM & VIGR compression tights, particularly the argyle pattern. They are a great wardrobe staple, especially around the holidays. Not only are they beautiful, but they also feel incredible. They offer just the right amount of compression without creating any areas of unwanted constriction. No bunching behind the knee or around the toes with these tights!

While sizing for socks is pretty standard, sizing for tights can be a little trickier. VIM & VIGR’s sizing is perfectly accurate for my height and weight. I am 5’4’’, 115 lbs., and their size 1 tights fit to a T. They have a high waist like typical tights, hitting me at or just below the belly button. They remain comfortable at the waistband and do not constrict my waistline causing unwanted bloating or fabric markings at the end of my day.

Of note, compression tights are meant to compress, so when you first put them on you will notice they don’t have as much “stretch” as regular tights. At first it feels different, but, once they are on, I guarantee you will love the way they hold you in. If you need extra direction when trying them on for the first time, follow the well-written instructions on the package insert.

As a nurse practitioner and lover of VIM & VIGR’s legwear, compression socks and tights are a great gift idea for both the men and women in your life. By gifting your loved ones compression legwear, you will be giving the gift of wellness. I cannot think of a more important gift to give!

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