Healthy Legs Infographic provided by AmesWalker.com
Healthy Legs Infographic provided by AmesWalker.com
Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 55 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing, is done for the rest of the NASCAR season due to a blood clot. He was complaining of pain in his ankle, and at a regular check up, the clot was found.
Michael Waltrip is quoted as saying, “It’s pretty amazing, talking to Brian, looking at Brian, that he can’t race. It just goes to show you how fragile life is at times. He feels perfectly fine. He just had a sore ankle. That regular checkup exposed he had a problem.” (Read full article here: http://ow.ly/pViEP)
Being in the heart of NASCAR country, we here at Ames Walker® hate to hear news like this. Especially when it is something so easily prevented. Vickers will be fine, with plans to be back for the 2014 season, but it is still a very serious issue. Blood clots are silent, and often deadly, attackers that can sneak up on anyone, of any age, at anytime. Even healthy, 29 year old race car drivers.
Here are some tips to help prevent blood clots:
• Wear compression socks and stockings to encourage blood flow from legs. (www.AmesWalker.com)
• Get up and move as much as you can. Don’t sit for more than an hour at a time. Same goes for standing for long periods of time.
• Live healthy; Exercise, watch your weight, don’t smoke, and stay hydrated.
• Elevate your legs from time to time.
• Try to avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
These are just a few simple ideas to keep those legs healthy and we encourage all to follow them!
Get well soon, Brian, and good luck in 2014!
(Source: USA Today)
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.
Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. We encourage you to regularly visit these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments.
Find out more about the great things that are happening here: http://www.nbcam.org/
We’re doing our part at Ames Walker by offering 15% off all of our Ames Walker Brand Armsleeves and Gauntlets all month long! Hurry and get yours today!
As the football season officially gets into full swing across the nation, we here at Ames Walker are more than excited. We also believe that our compression socks should be a vital part of every football players uniform. Here are 3 great reasons why. http://ow.ly/oAQQ0
Are you ready for some football?! Who’s your favorite team?
It’s that time of year again!
Now through September 9, when you buy 3 of the same Ames Walker® Brand product, you get another one absolutely free! But the savings don’t stop! Buy 6, get 2 free! Buy 9, get 3 free! You can’t lose! Hurry over now to start shopping!
*Applies to Ames Walker® products only. List the size and color of the free item you are requesting in the notes section of your order. Do not add to cart. You must purchase 3 of the same Ames Walker® brand style in order to qualify. If no additional size and color is specified in the notes, we will use our best judgement and it will be at our discretion.
In honor of National Tell a Joke Day 2013, here is a jewel of our own!
Please, please try to hold your applause!
Did you know?
The medical abbreviation “mmHg” stands for “millimeters of Mercury”, which is a unit of measurement for pressure. It’s the same unit of measure when you take your blood pressure. Compression stockings use a range for how much pressure it provides because the compression changes depending on your size.
The more you know! We’ll be here all week!
Therapeutic shoes come in many shapes and styles, so there’s something for everyone! And they’re great for your feet too! Especially for Diabetics in particular.
Diabetes is a serious medical condition, and those suffering from this disease should understand the necessity and benefits of wearing therapeutic shoes. Diabetics are more susceptible to foot problems which have serious consequences if left untreated. Wearing therapeutic shoes is an effective method to lessen the risks.
The decision to wear therapeutic shoes is an essential step to maintaining health for diabetics. Additionally, diabetics should take proper care of their feet and toenails by keeping the feet clean and carefully examining them each day. Be aware of any bruises, cuts or blisters and keep your doctor informed. Annual foot examinations by a healthcare provider are also recommended because failure to properly care for the feet could lead to amputation.
Save on your pair today!
Graduated compression hosiery and socks will loosen over time with wear and wash causing the compression levels in your hosiery to decrease. This makes them ineffective over time. At Ames Walker®, we recommend replacing your compression garments every 4-6 months to ensure you are getting the most accurate compression for your needs. We value you as a customer and we value your health!
Sitting still for long periods of time at work or at home can be very bad for your health. The picturesquely named article Sitting at work increases your chance of dying from Forbes contains some fascinating statistics about sedentary lifestyles and the health risks they contain.
Sitting for long periods decreases the circulation in your legs and of course this exposes you to more leg and vein conditions than it would if you walked about occasionally.
But if you must sit for the majority of your day, please consider wearing compression socks or stockings to encourage blood to flow properly from your legs back to your heart.