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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

2022 Holiday Gift Guide

2022 has been a year of cautious comebacks and easing back into our new normal. This can also be said for that loved one who may have a need for an orthopedic sock or sleeve - something to help them ease their way back from pain to feeling great.

One thing we can focus on this year is the power of gift-giving. Gift-giving guru, Stephanie Pappas, writes that a scientifically proven way to make gifts meaningful is to get something that shows how well you know the person. And, what says “I know you” more than a gift specific to your loved-ones needs.

Gifts for someone with Arthritis

Arthritis causes pain and discomfort as the disease impacts the joints, and sometimes limits mobility. Many times, you’ll hear a friend with the condition talk about hot and cold therapy and other anti-inflammatory interventions including therapeutic exercise, essential oils, turmeric teas, and special diets.

If you have a friend or family member who suffers from arthritis pain, think of comforting gifts like a gift card to your local spa or yoga studio. If you know them well enough to ask, you may want to inquire as to which joints affect them the most and offer to help them search for new therapies.

Gifts for someone with Bunions

Bunions, or technically speaking, Hallux Valgus, is prevalent among adults, more so in women and increasing with age. It forms when the big toe pushes against the next toe and forms a bony bump. 

Bunions can be extremely painful, and are relieved when the big toe is pulled away from the next toe and cushioned. This can be done with bunion splints, bunion socks, adding shoe inserts, and medical intervention.

Gifts for someone with Elbow Pain

If you play pickle ball, tennis, baseball, golf, or softball, you probably know someone who experiences elbow pain either from previous injuries or from conditions caused by over-use. Among stretching, heat therapy, and physical therapy, it is recommended to use elbow compression in order to reduce swelling and increase support. The bonus of a lightweight elbow brace or sleeve, is that it can easily fit in an equipment bag and worn under regular clothing.



Gifts for someone with Knee Pain

If you know someone who played any sport in their youth, chances are they have knee pain. If you know someone who’s recently had knee surgery because of that pain, then you still know someone who has knee pain.

Basically, our knees receive a lot of wear and tear throughout our lives and it is very common for active adults to experience discomfort or pain. Along with medical treatment and therapy, knee compression can help reduce swelling and strengthen muscles helping to relieve knee pain.  

Gifts for someone with Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that usually presents as debilitating heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch. If you have a loved one with this condition, chances are you’ll know because of the excruciating pain it can cause.

There are many treatments for Plantar Fasciitis including stretches targeted at the plantar fascia, night time Plantar Fasciitis treatments that keep the foot flexed during rest, Plantar Fasciitis compression that strengthens the ligament, and Plantar Fasciitis socks that support the ligament and create pain-relieving cushion around the heel.

Gifts for someone with Diabetic Foot Pain 

Wellness care socks feature Medical Grade Compression, a seamless construction with non-binding comfort and are shaped-to-fit which reduces pain and friction. The Nano-Charcoal material has been shown to help maintain healthy feet and skin, while the contoured, ultra-soft padding and no heel slip design provide comfort throughout the day.

 

Orthosleeve's Wellness care socks are made to target foot conditions such as neuropathy, edema, sensitive feet and poor circulation and come in a standard and wide width, making this the perfect gift for anyone who may suffer from these conditions. These socks work to help keep the feet feeling their best.

Giving the Gift of Pain Relief

These may not be the most glamorous gift ideas, but they are something that your loved ones may need, and will have them feeling seen and their pain acknowledged. Not to mention the “thank you” you’ll receive from a gift of life-changing pain relief and prevention. 

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How compression helps prevent Osteoporosis

How compression helps prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile. Even the most minor fall or sudden movement can cause a fracture or break with the potential to become life-threatening or debilitating. 


The good news is that Osteoporosis can be prevented with 5 steps you can take to improve your bone health and prevent Osteoporosis.

1. Exercise

It's a common recommendation for many health problems, but especially in this case - it is true. Keeping your body moving keeps your strength up to help prevent fractures. It is said that Weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening, and balance-training exercises are best. You can also use an orthopedic compression sleeve while exercising to help get the most out of your workout. 

One in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. One of the ways to prevent this is exercise. If you are at risk of Osteoporosis, you probably already have some pain and swelling when you exercise or have an unusually active day. If you are dealing with this, you would benefit from compression bracing. Reduce swelling and pain that you may already have while preventing Osteoporosis.

When exercising, you can wear orthopedic compression sleeves and socks that help prevent conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Runners Knee, and other joint pain in the ankles, knees, arms, elbows, and wrists.

Orthosleeve orthopedic compression sleeves act like a brace supporting and stabilizing using targeted zones of compression called Compression Zone Technology®. Bracing socks provide relief for ankle swelling, varicose veins, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel and arch pain, and shin splints while also improving circulation.

2. Nutrition

Along with exercise comes nutrition. It is important to make sure your diet is rich in bone-healthy foods. Specifically foods rich in calcium, protein, vitamins, and nutrients. All of those wonderful nutrients support your bone health. Don’t forget you can get lots of Vitamin D from the sun!

3. Lifestyle Habits

Avoiding negative lifestyle habits can go a long way. Maintain a healthy body weight, don’t smoke, and don’t overindulge in alcohol. 

4. Risk Factors

Find out if you have any risk factors that could increase your chance of getting Osteoporosis. Bring it up to your doctor, especially if you have had any previous fractures, a family history of Osteoporosis, or have taken any specific medications that may affect bone health. 

5. Testing and Treatment

If you find out that you fall in the high-risk category, you will likely have to take medication and adapt your lifestyle to help protect yourself and your bones.


Preventing Osteoporosis is possible if you live a healthy lifestyle and take the necessary precautions to ensure healthy bones. Stay active, eat bone-healthy food, and don’t ingest things into your body that are bad for you (we aren’t talking about that chocolate cake, never turn down chocolate cake).



Works Cited:

https://www.orthosleeve.com/

https://www.worldosteoporosisday.org/about-osteoporosis

https://www.osteoporosis.foundation/patients

https://www.gaucherdisease.org/blog/how-to-build-bone-density/?gclid=CjwKCAjw4c-ZBhAEEiwAZ105RV-GdGtKmJXxd3lgpMyp8gSSVD5OPENRxzrGYCAkJqZwt-hfokT__xoC7kEQAvD_BwE


Other useful Orthosleeve Blogs:


https://www.orthosleeve.com/blogs/orthosleeve-blog/dealing-arthritis-pain

https://www.orthosleeve.com/blogs/orthosleeve-blog/compression-zone-technology%C2%AE-explained

https://www.orthosleeve.com/blogs/orthosleeve-blog/why-use-compression

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Why is a Compression Shin Sleeve Great for Basketball?

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What’s the deal with nano-bamboo charcoal?

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Why use compression?

OrthoSleeve® products are designed to provide the right amount of compression at specifically targeted areas to increase circulation and blood flow while also providing the much-needed relief your body craves. We call this Compression Zone Technology® (CZT®)
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Compression Zone Technology® explained

Orthosleeve® uses decades of industry experience and proprietary textile engineering, called Compression Zone Technology®, to create top-shelf products that target specific conditions and pain points.

 

Compression Zone Technology® is made on a high-end knitting machine that creates varying levels of medical grade compression strategically placed to affect a certain part of the body with either more or less compression.

 

Every product is accompanied by a “zone image” to help illustrate how Compression Zone Technology® is applied for that particular use listing what kind of medical-grade compression is applied in the zone. The image for the FS4 Plantar Fasciitis Sock is show below for reference.

 

the FS4 has 4 different zones of compression

A zone with light compression (less than 15mmHg) can be applied to:

  • Help ensure proper fit
  • Added comfort
  • Relieve pressure

A zone with moderate compression (15-20 mmHg) can be applied to:

  • Relieve friction
  • Stabilize
  • Assist blood flow

A zone with firm compression (20-30 mmHg) can be applied to:

  • Stabilize
  • Provide support
  • Lift
  • Improve circulation

Each zone is meticulously designed to seamlessly work with the next and create the overall benefits of Orthosleeve® compression. And, Orthosleeve® is voluntarily subjects itself to FDA regulations to ensure quality standards. This ensures that the medical grade compression levels in each “zone” are what is stated to consumers.

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