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  1. Global Running Day – June 1st

    Written by Brian Lane, C.Ped

    Global Running Day

    Run?! No, I only run when someone chases me. The only running I know is the one in my stockings. I thought they said “rum.”  Just don’t do it.  I don’t even want to drive that far.

    I know, I know.  Running is one of those exercises that you either love or hate. But when I say “run,” it doesn’t mean you should be training for a marathon. Running for just 10 minutes a day can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower your resting heart rate, and helps to release endorphins for better sleep. Not to mention, it can be done almost anywhere at anytime with limited equipment.

    Just like any new exercise, checking with your doctor is an important first step. The next step is ordering the right shoes. Dr. Comfort® has a great line of running shoes with a stability outsole.  The outsole has a dual density rearfoot to help overpronation and a flared outsole. What that means is the shoe provides more stability and prevents walking on the inside of the foot. The styles with this feature great for running are the Gordon, Grace, Jack and Diane. The breathable upper materials will also ensure your run is comfortable and dry.

    In addition, compression garments, like our Dr. Comfort® calf sleeve or other mild to moderate compression wear, can help for quicker recovery and re-oxygenation of blood. Proper shoes and compression will ensure your feet are ready to take you on that journey to cardiovascular health!

    If you read our other blog on walking, we said “Walking is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle.”  Well, to rephrase what Neil Armstrong said, walking is the small step for health but running is that giant leap for your well-being!   Happy running!

    For more information about compression wear, read our Compression Wear F.A.Q

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

  2. Happy National Nylon Stockings Day – May 15th

    Written by Denise Iatarola, Dr. Comfort Product Manager

    It’s 2022 and nylon stockings don’t exactly scream excitement, but that was not always the case. You may be surprised to learn nylon stockings have a long and documented history in America.

    Prior to the 1930’s, women’s stockings were a wardrobe staple, made of expensive silk, wool, rayon, cotton, or a combination of these materials with limited stretch and sheerness.

    In 1934, Nylon was invented by a team of DuPont researchers led by Wallace Carothers and Julian Hill and touted as synthetic silk, “as strong as steel and as fine as a spider’s web.” Nylon and nylon stockings were introduced to the public in 1939 at the World’s Fair in New York.  DuPont unveiled the first 100% synthetic fiber not to a scientific crowd but instead to thousands of women’s club members who were at the fair attending a forum on various topics. They were sold! Commercial production began and by 1940 nylon stockings were available throughout the United States. Within one year, DuPont sold 64 million pairs of nylon stockings. The company decided not to register nylon as a trademark, but to instead allow the word to settle into the American language and soon “nylons” was synonymous with women’s stockings.

    Then just as quick as they appeared, nylon stockings were no longer available. In 1941, the U.S. entered World War II and the supply of nylon and silk was taken over by the War Production Board.  The material was used to make many different military supplies including parachutes, tents, ropes and even tires. Women across the country donated their used stockings to help the war effort.  Nylon stockings previously selling for $1.25 per pair were now a luxury, selling for over $10.00 on the black market.

    After the war was over, nylon stockings made a resurgence. Thousands of women stood in line to buy them. In New York, Macy’s sold their entire stock of 50,000 pairs in just 6 hours and in San Francisco, a store was forced to shut down when it was mobbed by 10,000 frenzied shoppers. It would be three years before the supply was able to catch up with the demand.

    Today, nylon stockings include many different types of garments capable of providing both fashion and technical function.  The addition of spandex in garments beginning in 1958, gave nylon even more stretch and recovery benefits and set the stage for the modern compression stockings.

    At Dr. Comfort®, we use nylon and spandex to make compression legwear for men and women, offering knee, thigh, and pantyhose options.  Quality compression garments are made with graduated amounts of pressure, tightest at the ankle and lessening going up the leg. Graduated compression helps with circulation and aids blood flow back to the heart, relieving symptoms of vein disorders including pain, swelling and varicose veins.

    To learn more about Dr. Comfort® compression stockings visit:

    Compression & Socks | Dr. Comfort (drcomfort.com)

     

    The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.

    References:

    Bellis, Mary. "The History of Nylon Stockings." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/history-of-nylon-stockings-1992195.

    Unknown. “The History of Nylon”. LEAFtv. https://www.leaf.tv/articles/the-history-of-nylon/

  3. 3 Things to Know About the Everyday Style Compression Socks and Stockings

    Everyday Diabetic Sock

    There's no better way to extend your wardrobe than with a pair of striking compression stockings to wear with your new shoes.
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  4. How to Deal With the Cold

    Stay warm no matter how cold the weather outside gets.

    Poor circulation can be a common foot health issue for those suffering from diabetes, according to Diabetesforecast.org. Sometimes, people with diabetes also suffer from peripheral neuropathy, where they get persistent aches, pains or numbness in one or both of their feet. But, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer.
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