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  1. 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/

  2. The DNA of a Diabetic Shoe - April 25

    Written by Mallory Lor, C.Ped

    How is diabetic footwear different

    Today is National DNA Day, which commemorates the discovery of the DNA double helix and the completion of the human genome project in 2003. You are probably thinking, why is a diabetic shoe company writing about this? Well, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to talk about the DNA of diabetic shoes and diabetic socks.

    What is in the DNA of a diabetic (or therapeutic) shoe? Medicare has some basic criteria when it comes to diabetic shoes:

    • Additional depth in the shoe of 3/16” (to accommodate a foot insert): Dr. Comfort® shoes are all made with at least 7/16” additional depth and in our “double depth” collection 11/16”.
    • Available in half sizes and at least 3 widths: Dr. Comfort® shoes are all available in half sizes and come in Medium, Wide and Extra Wide widths. The women’s Paradise Black is available in a Narrow width.
    • Constructed with leather or other suitable materials: All Dr. Comfort® shoes are made of high quality, breathable materials with most of the casual and dress collection styles made with real leather. Dr. Comfort® offers a wool collection (Sean, Dawn, Liam, Meadow, Autumn) made with Merino wool to help keep feet cool and dry.
    • Must have a closure: Dr. Comfort® shoes all have closures like shoelaces, hook-and-loop or elastic no-tie laces. Many hook-and-loop closures are hidden under a faux buckle. Dr. Comfort® also just released a new style Peter (men’s) and Theresa (women’s) that has hidden hook-and-loop closures with the look of a lace up shoe.

    Keeping the health and safety of customers in mind, Dr. Comfort® has taken additional measures in the construction of diabetic shoes:

    • Seamless toe boxes: Dr. Comfort® shoes do not have bumpy seams in the toe box of the shoes. This helps to reduce rubbing and pressure points on those sensitive feet.
    • Variety of styles and soles: Looking at our line of shoes, you’ll notice the vast array of styles and different types of soles available.
    • Customizable: Dr. Comfort® shoes are constructed to be customized if needed. We can add a lift, lengthen or shorten straps, add a rocker sole and do many more customizations to ensure the shoes meet the specific needs of the wearer. (These modifications are only available through a Dr. Comfort® provider.)

    Dr. Comfort® shoes are truly designed with YOU in mind! Our shoes are primarily available through health care providers who specialize in foot health. Proper footwear can help prevent more serious complications for those at risk of diabetes. If you qualify, Medicare or other insurance plans may help cover the cost. Click here to find a footwear professional.

    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.

  3. Celebrate National Walking Day

    Written by: Erick Janisse

    Celebrate National Walking Day

    The first Wednesday in April is celebrated as National Walking Day. As humans, walking is how most of us get around; but as exercise it provides great health benefits, too! According to a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, walking for 2.5 hours a week – that’s just over 20 minutes a day! – can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 30%.  Walking has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even helps to keep you mentally sharp.  Dr. Thomas Frieden, who served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Obama, has stated that walking is “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.”

    The Mayo Clinic - in an article titled “Walking: Trim your waistline, improve your health” - says that the faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the health benefits.  They also recommend that you alternate periods of brisk walking with leisurely walking. This is known as interval training and has several benefits, like improving cardiovascular fitness and burning more calories than regular walking. Another advantage is that interval training can be done in less time than regular walking.

    Of course, you should check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine, but once you decide to get started there are a few things to consider. You’ll need to plan your routine.  Start slowly so that you don’t get discouraged and make a schedule that is practical and easy to adhere to. Having the right equipment is definitely an important consideration.  When it comes to walking equipment, obviously you think of shoes, right?  Dr. Comfort offers many great styles to get you started on your new fitness journey. Some women’s shoes that are specially designed for walking are the Grace, Diane, Refresh, Victory and Spirit.  For men, think about the Performance, Winner, Gordon, Jack and Endurance. These shoes are all quite supportive yet offer excellent shock absorption and cushioning, making for an overall comfortable walking experience.

    Walking is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle.  Walking feels great, you can do it with a friend, it’s fun and, best of all, it’s free!

    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.

  4. Compession Wear F.A.Q.

    Written by: Mallory Lor, C.Ped

     

    What is Compression Wear?

    Compression wear is used to help improve blood flow in the veins of your legs. Compression gives your legs a “hug”, so your veins don’t have to work as hard. The best compression wear has graduated compression, which means it’s built to the natural shape of your leg with the firmest compression at the ankle that reduces as it goes up your leg. All of Dr. Comfort’s® compression wear is designed as graduated compression with top quality materials and a large variety of fashionable designs.

    Who Should Wear Compression?

    Most people can benefit from compression wear. Here are some common reasons why people may use compression:

    • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
    • During pregnancy and postpartum
    • To help reduce swelling
    • While traveling on an airplane
    • To help with achy, tired feeling legs
    • To prevent DVT and embolisms

    If you have any serious medical conditions concerning arterial disease, please consult your physician before using compression.

    How Do I Know Which Type to Buy?

    Compression wear can come in different materials, compression levels, sizing and heights which can often make the purchase process confusing and overwhelming.

    Compression Levels: The biggest question people have about compression wear is how to know which level of compression they should buy. The amount of pressure compression wear provides is measured in mmHg. Here’s a simple guide to help you determine which level is best for you:

    Compression Level

    Compression Sizing: The best compression wear comes sized to your body measurements, not your shoe size. You will need a soft measuring tape or a piece of string that can be measured with a ruler. Dr. Comfort® also sells compression wear tape measures.

    • Ankle measurement: Measure the narrowest part of the ankle, above the ankle bone
    • Calf measurement: Measure the widest part of the calf
    • Thigh measurement (for thigh high and pantyhose): Measure the widest part of the thigh

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    Tips: Measure early in the day when swelling will be at its lowest. If your measurements fall within two different size ranges, go with the larger size.

    Compression Heights: Should I get knee high, thigh high or pantyhose? This is usually a personal preference. Some may want knee high for everyday use and pantyhose for dressier occasions. Others may want the compression to go higher than just the knee and prefer to wear thigh highs or pantyhose as their everyday option.

    • Knee High: Most popular among all ages, available in many materials, patterns and colors
    • Thigh High: Most styles come with silicone grippers at the top to keep these in place
    • Pantyhose: Look just like nylons or tights but with all the benefits of compression

    Where Can I Buy Compression Wear?

    Dr. Comfort® sells compression wear through drcomfort.com and offers free shipping. Much of Dr. Comfort’s® compression wear is made at our company owned manufacturing facility in North Carolina, USA.

    Click here to look at what Dr. Comfort® has to offer.

    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.

     

  5. American Diabetes Association® and Dr. Comfort® Team Up

    American Diabetes Association® and Dr. Comfort® Team Up

    The American Diabetes Association announces a new partnership to advance consumer resources for successful foot care

    The American Diabetes Association® (ADA), the nation’s leading volunteer health organization, announced a new partnership with Dr. Comfort, to provide foot care resources on an ADA platform in a journey-driven experience for those living with diabetes and their caregivers.

    Dr. Comfort is the national sponsor of Living with Diabetes: Foot Care & Amputation. The Foot Care & Amputation section of the platform leads each user to learn to care for their feet, understand foot conditions and complications, ways to stay physically active, and more. Individuals living with diabetes and their caregivers can access this platform by answering a few simple questions to help guide them on their journey to reach the tools, resources, and education they need for successful foot care.

    Every four minutes in America, a limb is amputated due to diabetes. This statistic is even more shocking when you consider that amputation is almost completely preventable. Education and resources are vital for those living with diabetes and this partnership will help arm millions of people with the information they need to prevent foot care complications.

    “The ADA is working hard to help the over 34 million Americans with diabetes deal with and overcome the unique health complications they face on a daily basis such as foot complications. Through this personalized diabetes journey experience, we hope to meet them where they are to deliver the resources and education they need to thrive,” said Jacqueline Sebany, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer for the American Diabetes Association.

    The journey was developed to deliver information to those living with diabetes based on self-identified need and interest, as well as where they are in their diabetes journey.

    Click here to read the full press release: https://diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2021/american-diabetes-association-dr-comfort-team-up-give-millions-living-with-diabetes-needed-resoruces-prevent-foot-complications

    “Dr. Comfort is proud to continue to be at the forefront of helping people with diabetes live fuller lives through our partnership with the ADA.” – Raj Subramonian, SVP/GM Dr. Comfort

  6. Diabetes Awareness

    Written by: Erick Janisse

    national diabetes month

    Did you know that over 11% of the U.S. population today has diabetes?  And, among seniors, the number rises to greater than 1 in 4 living with diabetes!  While diabetes can and does have markedly negative effects on the entire body, of special concern is the impact that diabetes can have on your feet. Diabetes can actually cause damage to the nerves in your feet that can lead to foot problems like ulcers that can take a long time to heal.

    Luckily, there are many easy and simple things that you can do to prevent diabetes-related foot problems.  First and foremost is to prevent the nerve damage (also called peripheral neuropathy) from developing in the first place. The best way to do this is to keep your blood sugar levels under tight control.  Consistently high blood glucose levels are the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy.  Consult with your physician to make and implement a plan.  Also, ask your doctor to check your feet for neuropathy at least once or twice a year.

    Protecting your feet is important, regardless of whether you have neuropathy (but it is of particular importance if you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy).  Safeguarding your feet and preventing diabetes-related foot complications begins with wearing proper footwear – shoes, inserts and socks – and wearing them whenever you’re up standing or walking.  People with diabetes are strongly discouraged from walking around barefoot. When we talk about “proper” footwear, we mean shoes that truly fit your feet and have been fitted by an expert shoe-fitting specialist.  Shoes that fit the shape of your unique foot and aren’t too long, short, narrow, or wide.   Proper footwear also means shoes that provide cushion, support, and protection for your feet.

    If you are enrolled as a Medicare beneficiary, you’ll be glad to hear that Medicare does provide coverage for special shoes and inserts for folks with diabetes and foot-related conditions.  The best way to begin this process is by seeing your podiatrist or primary care physician to get the process started. They will likely refer you to a therapeutic shoe fitting specialist in your area, or they may even be able to provide the shoes right in their office, as some podiatric practices do.  Medicare does require a lot of very specific paperwork to be completed by your doctor and the shoe supplier, so please be patient with them.

    You may have read some pretty frightening things about diabetes and the feet in your online research but rest assured…all the scary things that you read about are largely (if not entirely) preventable!  Using great shoes is the first step!

    Find a Dr. Comfort footwear provider in your area: Click Here

    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.

  7. Boots and Slippers - Fall Favorites

    Written by: Brian Lane

    Fall Favorites - Boots, Slippers, Casual Shoes

    The leaves are changing, football season is in full force, pumpkin spice is added to everything, and flip flop and sandal season is ending. It is now time to think about getting a little cozier with your footwear. The Dr. Comfort line of boots and slippers can help you Fall into something to meet your Autumn needs.

    These boots were made for walking….or hiking, working or any other activity!  Starting with the men’s and women’s chukka style boots which can be either casual or dress, let me introduce you to the Ruk and Cara. Both provide a little more ankle support with a sleek look and feel. Pair these shoes up with some blue jeans or a nice pair of slacks. Any way you wear them, these styles will go great with the season.

    The hiking boot options include the Vigor and Ranger. These two rugged boots have an elastic lace and a hook and loop closure for a securing fit along with a great padded lining for comfort. Wear these on your next trip through the woods, up the mountain, or just around the block. The lightweight design will make you feel like you are hiking in the clouds.

    When it comes to work boots, the Protector and Boss have your feet covered. These premium work boots do it all. They support the ankle, allow for easy removal with the hook eyelets, include a comfortable padded collar and, for the Protector, a steel toe. Not to mention, like all Dr. Comfort footwear, these boots have more room for the toes…almost ½” more than your standard shoes. So, get out there and tackle that fall project because the Boss and Protector will help you succeed!

    Dr. Comfort’s slipper collection helps you relax and get cozy!  In fact, two of our slippers are called Relax and Cozy so you can do just that! These styles, along with the Easy and Cuddle, all come with a great gel insert, to provide cushioning and a comfortable fleece lining. The extra depth in the toe box also allows room for your toes to move and breathe. Either choose the open back design to easily slip your foot inside (Cozy and Easy) or consider the slippers with a back (Relax and Cuddle). Whatever you choose, your feet will thank you!

    You can enjoy the weather change and all the Fall activities while truly appreciating the season wearing your new Dr. Comfort boots or slippers!

    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.

  8. FOOTWEAR MATTERS

    Written by: Brian Lane

    Because Footwear Matters

    In our lifetime we will walk over 200 million steps. Of course, footwear matters!  At Dr. Comfort, we know how important your feet are to your overall health. When your feet hurt, you can hurt all over. Creating various types of shoes to address different feet is our job. We want your feet to experience comfort while getting the support and structure you need!

    Wearing shoes not made for your feet can make problems worse. That is one of the reasons why Dr. Comfort offers full and half sizes with 3 available widths. It would be difficult to accommodate everyone’s foot by just one width or full sizes. Our sizes vary from a medium to an extra wide and we offer half sizes to ensure maximum fit!

    Dr. Comfort also offers a variety of different footwear for all walks of life! Many of our Lycra style shoes (Brian, Annie, Douglas, Carter…) have the ability to stretch without causing pressure or irritation to a bunion or during times of swelling. In addition, the Lycra material makes these shoes very breathable and lightweight.

    Are you staying active and need stability? Then let me introduce you to our stability outsole shoes---Gordon, Grace, Jack, Diane, Roger and Ruth. These styles have a dual density outsole for increased stability and support while walking. The durable outsole has an outflare for additional balance and these shoes style to go with their function!

    Another option is finding a shoe that is lighter in weight. We have several styles to offer! Try the Meghan, Katy, Chris or Jason as these shoes look good and feel great! They offer breathability and you will forget you have these shoes on your feet! Goodbye fatigue at the end of a long walk, these shoes are one of the reasons why “Comfort” is in our name!

    Whether you need the right size or need a shoe for your specific needs, Dr. Comfort has you covered!  The experience of designers and staff can help to fulfill your needs for your feet.

    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.

  9. Double Depth Shoes - Gordon and Grace X

    Written by: Jeanne Bellezzo

    Double Depth Shoes - Gordon & Grace X

    Your Favorite Athletic Shoes Now Have Double Depth

    You asked for them, and they’re here! Our popular Gordon and Grace athletic shoes – the ones you count on for any adventure – are now available with double depth. With Gordon X  (for men) and Grace X  (for women), your favorite activities will feel even better with a roomier fit that gives your feet more space.

    These new cross-functional shoes have the same sleek, modern design as the popular originals, but with the added benefit of a full-length, heel-to-toe filler that you can easily remove for added depth.

    “That extra interior space is great for people with diabetes, poor circulation, foot ulcers, peripheral neuropathy, edema and conditions like hammertoes and bunions that can make wearing standard-depth shoes uncomfortable,” says Brian Lane, Director of Education at Dr. Comfort®. “Plus, the double depth easily accommodates orthotics, custom inserts and thicker socks.”

    Along with added depth, Gordon X and Grace X combine style and performance with stability and protection. The firm heel counter and dual-density midsole and footbed provide extra medial and lateral stability, while the anti-abrasion sole helps prevent slipping, so you can move with confidence. A protective toe box helps guard against stubbed toes, and reduced seam lines minimize skin irritation.

    Lightweight and fashion-forward, Gordon X and Grace X feature 3D mesh exteriors, micro-suede interiors, and are available in three widths. A lace-up closure makes them easy to put on, take off and adjust for comfort.

    Whether you’re walking, running errands or just going about your day, give Gordon X and Grace X a try to help keep your feet supported, comfortable and on trend.

     

    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.

  10. Diabetic Footwear: Step Out in Comfort, Style and Confidence

    By: Jeanne Bellezzo

    Dr Comfort Step out in comfort style and confidence image

    When you’re living with diabetes, you know it’s important to take especially good care of your feet. Keep them clean, dry and protected – and make smart decisions about your footwear.

    The shoes you wear can help make a big difference in your foot health and comfort. Footwear that offers little or no support, compresses your feet or toes, or puts pressure on vulnerable areas can contribute to potential problems ranging from blisters and toe deformities to ulcers and serious infections. Researchers in an Australian study recommended people with diabetes should be advised to wear footwear that fits, protects and accommodates the shape of their feet.1

    “That’s where therapeutic footwear comes in,” says Brian Lane, Director of Education at Dr. Comfort®.  “Specially designed and constructed to help protect your feet and provide exceptional comfort, diabetic footwear offers important features and benefits for people with diabetes.”

    And despite their name, modern therapeutic shoes look anything but therapeutic. In fact, Dr. Comfort was founded on the belief that footwear for people with diabetes (and other conditions that affect feet) can be both healthy and stylish. Our shoes combine comfort and protection with fashionable designs in a wide range of attractive styles and colors that you’ll want to wear – because if you don’t wear them, they can’t help you.

    Features to look for

    When you’re shopping for diabetic footwear, keep the following features in mind:

    • Extra-wide widths: Extra width provides plenty of room for foot comfort, so the shoe doesn’t pinch or constrict nerves or impair circulation.
    • Large toe boxes: A wide toe box helps reduce pressure on the foot and gives the toes room to stretch and relax without feeling cramped or restricted. It also helps reduce the risk of injury.
    • Easy on/off closure systems: Laces, straps and hook-and-loop closures provide a secure, customizable fit, so the shoe is easy to slip on and off and adjust for comfort.
    • Firm heel counter: A solid heel provides extra protection, support and stability.
    • Padded tongue: Soft padding on the tongue helps prevent friction and improve overall fit.
    • Extra-depth options: Extra depth accommodates custom insoles and orthotics comfortably.

    “In addition, look for approval by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA),” says Lane.

    Comfortable shoes for every occasion

    Dr. Comfort offers diabetic shoes for almost any need: casual, athletic, dressy and more – even boots and sandals. We use only the finest materials, technology and craftsmanship to help ensure quality and comfort.

    Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about whether Dr. Comfort shoes are right for you. In many cases, diabetic footwear may be covered by Medicare and supplementary insurance.

    1. van Netten JJ, Lazzarini PA, Armstrong DG, Bus SA, Fitridge R, Harding K, Kinnear E, Malone M, Menz HB, Perrin BM, Postema K, Prentice J, Schott KH, Wraight PR. Diabetic Foot Australia guideline on footwear for people with diabetes. J Foot Ankle Res. 2018 Jan 15;11:2. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0244-z. PMID: 29371890; PMCID: PMC5769299.

     

    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.

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