Miss England and Her Varicose Veins

Varicose veins. Those bunchy, protruding, sometimes painful blue seams are typically associated with wrinkles and old age, but in fact they can occur at any time – including in your early twenties.

Miss England has Varicose Veins tooIf you need an example, look no further than Charlotte Holmes, the former Miss England. The model had varicose veins on her thigh since secondary school (translation for Americans: middle and high school).

Varicose veins are found most often on pregnant women and the elderly for differing reasons. The elderly experience a loss in vein elasticity, and when the blood tries to circulate back up to the heart from their legs, the veins have a more difficult time forcing the blood back up. Ultimately the veins stretch and become varicose.

Pregnancy causes a change in your circulatory system as well as hormonal changes, ultimately resulting in varicose veins.

Pregnancy and old age are not factors, however, for Charlotte Holmes. So what caused Miss Holmes’ varicose veins at such a young age?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several risk factors. In someone as young as Miss Holmes, family history and genetics probably played a significant role. But something as common as hormonal changes in young women can also cause your veins to stretch and become varicose.

Moral of the story: Constant vigilance can pick up varicose veins early before they become too large or enflamed. Stay on the alert!

Caring For Compression Stockings

caring for compression stockings Compression stockings offer wearers a dose of firm compression to keep circulation functioning properly through elastic and rubber fibers. Despite the strength in these garments, a gentle hand is required when cleaning your compression socks and stockings. Compression stockings should be hand washed after every wearing. Putting your socks and stockings in the washing machine even once can result in stretching of the fibers, which vastly reduces their effectiveness.

Cleaning Compression Socks:

  1. Take a small basin or tub and fill will cool water.
  2. Dip the stockings into the water and remove.
  3. Add mild detergent to the water and use your hand to circulate the soap thoroughly.
  4. Once finished, place the stockings back in the water and detergent mix and let them soak for anywhere between five and ten minutes.
  5. With your hands, gently rub the stockings together to remove any dirt or oil before squeezing them out gently.
  6. Rinse to remove any soap. DO NOT pull or twist stockings.
  7. Once you have squeezed out all of the water, lay each pair of compression socks or stockings on a flat surface to dry in a cool or warm place. DO NOT place in the machine dryer. This will ruin your stockings.
  8. Fold and store for the next usage.

Following these steps diligently will ensure your stockings stay effective for up to a year.

Fall Fashions And Compression Socks

fall fashion and compression stockings For women in need of compression socks and stockings for their circulation troubles, the spring and summer months can provide endless days of sunshine that serve to tempt them to skip compression stockings. Consistent use has been shown to be the number one determining factor for the effectiveness of compression stocking technology. Wearing your socks, leggings or stockings daily is a discipline that will save you years of discomfort and significantly reduce the appearance of varicose veins. The gorgeous summer dresses, skirts and bikini’s of spring and summer all too often result in women reneging on their compression diligence.

Well, fall is here. Temperatures and hem lines are dropping. The trouser pant look is trending. Suddenly, you have no excuse for neglecting compression stocking diligence. No longer do you have to obsess about how your stockings or leggings look under your favorite summer dress. In fact, while you transition from summer to fall, compression leggings will work perfectly under that summer dress! Open toed stockings give you the opportunity to enjoy your favorite summer shoes until the absolute last minute.

Fall means chunky sweaters, solid pants and stockings. For the best vein and circulation care out there, swap out traditional stockings for compression stockings and feel the difference every day!

Varicose Veins 101

Statistics show that up to 60% of Americans suffer from the pain and aggravation of varicose veins. Varicose veins are essentially blood vessels that have become enlarged and twisted. Frequently these veins are linked to faulty vessels, a condition that can result in a number of conditions and intense discomfort. Additionally, it is this twisting that causes the tell-tale bulging that’s associated with the condition. While, compression socks and stockings can go a long way towards making the condition more comfortable to live with, prevention is your best bet.

When it comes to preventing varicose veins from appearing in the first place, the two biggest things people can do is monitor their weight and regularly exercise. Studies show that being overweight and living a sedentary lifestyle are two of the biggest contributing factors. Diet and exercise can save you tons of struggles!

In terms of treatment, the options are limited. Comfortability and relief from the physical discomfort can be achieved with compression stocking technology. These garments will greatly reduce the swelling and aches of varicose veins. Additionally, compression socks work to prevent further outbreaks. Medically, sufferers can look into laser treatments to reduce the appearance of these veins. Laser treatments will not solve the problem, but they can reduce the appearance and help with feel self conscious. If appearance is a concern, we recommend that.

Do what you can to prevent this condition and then invest in a pair of compression socks to deal with veins that have already become enlarged!

Mojo: Designed For Athletic Excellence

mojo elite compression stockings

Discount Surgical Stockings carries a large selection of athletic compression socks from brands like Jobst and Juzo. For most athletic endeavors, these will provide all the support you’ll need. For the truly hard core athlete, Mojo Recovery Socks go above and beyond the rest.

Since its debut, Mojo has become the leading brand in Sportsocks and sleeves. Mojo Socks are so widely respected because of their unique ability to assist with muscle recovery even after you’ve stopped working out. Mojo works by maximizing muscle oxygenation through scientifically proven compression technology. The result? Athletes will find they can run increase their running speed with less effort. Additionally, wearing Mojo Socks every time you train means decreased recovery time, reduced speed and optimized performance.

Unsure about the validity of these claims? A 2009 German study showed clearly that athletic compression stockings and socks, like Mojo Socks, enhance performance during hard runs. Additional research from South Africa and New Zealand show that knee highs also improve recovery by boosting blow flow in the lower extremities.

Mojo Socks takes its product to the next level by introducing the technology of graduated compression. These socks have compression that is strongest in the ankle and gradually diminishes as it goes up the leg. This helps the blood return to your heart effectively and aides in your recovery.

Find out more by visiting our site today.

Diabetes and Compression Socks

One of the more devastating realities of living a life with diabetes is struggling with swelling and poor circulation, especially in your legs and feet. Along with maintaining their insulin levels, most people living with diabetes see a podiatrist on a regular basis to manage the foot and leg complications that can accompany their condition. More often than not, these professionals recommend wearing compression socks on a daily basis.

The technologies in these socks gives your legs and feet the extra push they need to keep the blood flowing effectively while reducing the swelling and numbness that can so frequently plague diabetes sufferers. Discount compression socks from Discount Surgical come in a variety of lengths that you can choose based on your individual needs and personal sense of style. Men with foot trouble will do perfectly fine with Jobst Sensifoot Mini Anklet Support Socks. These have a reinforced toe and heel and offer 8-15mmHg of support. For those with problems that run up their calves and into their thighs, thigh high compression stockings might be the answer. These come in a number of colors and sizes and will keep your blood flowing all day.

Thanks to new technology, these socks and stockings no longer look medicinal. Men can take comfort in knowing that no one around them will know the difference, they will just feel the comfort.

Easing The Pressure of Exercise With Compression Socks

There is no denying that regularly moving your body is beneficial to your health. The positive effects of exercise are almost endless. From cardiovascular health to increased blood flow, moving your body on a regular basis is the best thing you can do for your overall health on a daily basis. That said, regular exercise does run the risk of aggravating conditions like restless leg syndrome, achy legs and varicose veins. Without missing out on the benefits of getting moving, what can you do about this?

First and foremost, talk to your doctor before starting on a regime, especially if you have a condition like diabetes that requires constant medical attention. Then take the intensity of your workout into consideration. Not every workout is for every woman or man. Find the ones that work best with your body. Finally, invest in compression socks. Women’s athletic socks from Discount Surgical give your legs the support they need while the rest of your body gets the workout it needs. These discount compression stockings are no longer a thing of the elderly. Marathon runners are already swearing by them!

Do your research, talk to your doctor and then visit us to find your first pair of compression socks or leggings and start having workouts like never before.

Varicose Veins: Surgery or Non-Surgical Care?

compression socksDid you know that only your superficial, or visible, veins are affected by varicose veins? That is the reason that surgery remains a popular option for dealing with the problem. Removing veins that account for only 10% of the flow of blood does not have a drastic effect on the body’s ability to send blood around the leg. Still, is surgery the right option?

People who are considering surgery for varicose veins need to have all the facts. The surgery is minor, but with any surgery there is a risk for a more serious complication. There is also no guarantee that you will not develop more varicose veins a few years down the line. Depending on your insurance, the procedure can be expensive. Remember this is not a life-saving operation; it is considered cosmetic, so many insurance plans offer very limited coverage for it. A highly specialized physician, a phlebologist or vascular surgeon, is necessary to perform the procedure.

Why pay the money and take the risk when compression socks offer the same benefit of reducing varicose veins but for little money and with no risk to your health? Increasingly people are realizing that support socks, not surgery, is the way to beat varicose veins.

Like a Magnet

It’s just human nature but many of us, when we’re merely wandering, are attracted by trails. There you are, strolling through a park, when you discover a path that leads off to somewhere unknown. As if there were some type of magnetic pull, you find yourself following the trail, curious to see where it leads.

At some point or other, most of us have fallen victim to this lure of the unknown. An unmarked path could lead to adventure. Or, perhaps there is some amazing site to be found at the end.


Hikers are known for this attraction. You begin following a specific trail when, lo and behold the path branches off in several directions.  You pick one at random and this, too, reaches a point where several others begin. This vast array of paths is part of the fun and excitement of hiking.

But, then, there are times when the “vast array” is not fun at all. Varicose veins have been known as the “road map” of legs. They are unsightly, annoying and unpleasant.

Varicose veins are quite common during pregnancies. As the uterus begins growing, it places pressure on the inferior vena cava – the large vein on the right side of the body. This, in turn, puts pressure on the veins in the leg.

By itself, the body might be able to cope with the extra pressure. But, there are additional factors involved. Normally, the veins in the legs are under a certain degree of pressure in order to enable the blood to flow upwards against gravity. Pregnancy causes an increase in blood volume, putting greater strain on the veins. As well, pregnancy causes the body’s progesterone levels to rise. As these levels rise, they cause the walls of the blood vessels to relax.

The combination of these conditions results in veins that become distended. These are the varicose veins that become visible. Although the condition generally diminishes or disappears soon after giving birth, it is, nonetheless, quite unpleasant during the pregnancy. The affected areas of the legs may be sore or itchy. The skin may feel hot to the touch. There may be swelling by day’s end.

Maternity Support Hosiery by Jobst and Juzo are an ideal method to relieve the discomfort of varicose veins as well as provide extra support that is most welcome during pregnancy. The special fibers provide gentle compression at vital spots along your leg. They are comfortable to wear and the special tummy panel grows with you during these special months.

Maternity Support Hose should only be worn under medical supervision. Speak to your doctor or obstetrician about the right support for you.

Playing by the Rules


Would you consider yourself to be a rule follower or a rule breaker? Various academic studies have been conducted to determine which trait is more prevalent in our society.

Does it really make much of a difference? Most certainly it does! Our entire existence is based on a system comprise of rules. Some are rules of nature, which we cannot control (although we often try). Most others are man-made, whether by government, individuals or us.


In actuality, most of us are rule breakers to some degree. Think about it carefully. You may consider yourself to be a member of the rule followers. Yet, given the opportunity, most of us will break a rule. Of course, we’re not considering breaking major laws. But, some small infraction probably won’t hurt anyone. Chances are very good that you will not drive through a red light. But, jaywalking, rather than using the crosswalk a little way down, is probably okay. The law states jaywalking is illegal but nobody will get hurt and nobody is watching anyway.

Why do we break rules? In most cases, it gives us a feeling of power. Rules are imposed upon us. The chance to rebel, even slightly, is exhilarating and the sense of power, even a small amount, is rejuvenating to the spirit.

When all is said and done, we enjoy power. Power makes us feel good. Power energizes. And energy keeps us from stagnating.

And, speaking of stagnating, were you aware that many people lack energy in their legs due to the fact that their blood is not circulating properly and is settling, rather than flowing.

Blood flows upwards in the veins of the leg on its way to the heart, whereupon it receives fresh oxygen for distribution throughout the body. Of course, flowing upwards is not easy. Gravity is a strong counter-force that pulls downwards (remembering our rules of nature). Fortunately, the body is equipped to deal with this force and provides pressure from the muscles that surround the veins. As the muscles move, their vibration constricts the veins. The blood, the, is forced to move upwards, as there is no downward escape.

However, when the muscles do not react properly, other methods are required to keep that blood flowing. Otherwise, it pools in the lowest parts of the legs, causing swelling, aches and possible infections.

Compression Stockings and Socks by Jobst. Juzo, Mediven and Sigvaris are the doctors’ choice for therapeutic relief of circulatory problems. Using graduated pressure, this exceptional hosiery applies the exact amount of necessary pressure in the precise locations of the leg.

Compression Stockings and Socks are available in various pressure ranges as well as a variety of colors, styles and sizes.

Please speak to your physician before wearing.