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Diabetes

Socks as Medicine

Compression stockings are popular for their numerous health benefits, particularly in improving leg circulation and preventing various leg-related issues, including blood clots. These specially designed stockings offer a range of advantages that cater to individuals of all ages and lifestyles.

Key Benefits of Compression Stockings:

  • Enhanced Blood Flow: Compression stockings help promote blood circulation in the legs by applying pressure that gradually decreases from the ankle to the thigh, preventing blood from pooling and reducing the risk of blood clots.
  • Alleviation of Leg Pain: For those suffering from leg pain, swelling, or varicose veins, compression stockings provide relief by reducing discomfort and helping with better mobility.
  • Prevention of DVT: Wearing compression stockings during long flights or periods of immobility can significantly lower the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition associated with the formation of blood clots in deep veins.
  • Athletic Performance: Athletes are increasingly turning to compression stockings to enhance performance and recovery by reducing muscle fatigue and the risk of injury. These stockings help to support the muscles during physical activities, resulting in improved endurance and reduced muscle soreness.

Some extended health insurance plans include a yearly allowance for compression stockings which can mitigate their cost (think of them as medicine rather than socks). Speak to the Live Well team at Pharmasave Summerland about how you can benefit from wearing compression stockings.

Dan Cassidy – Certified Compression Stocking Fitter

Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for a long time, your Pharmasave pharmacist can help you manage your condition with information on:

  • Why keeping your blood sugar “at target” is so important and how lifestyle choices affect your diabetes
  • Choosing and using the equipment to test your blood sugar
  • Easing discomfort you may have when finger-sticking
  • Using your insulin or insulin pen
  • Protecting your skin and feet
  • The importance of having good dental care and eye examinations
  • Managing your medication(s) if you’re going on vacation and more…

Managing diabetes and pre-diabetes usually involves lifestyle and behavioural changes that benefit from consistent support and advocacy from a qualified healthcare professional.

Pharmasave pharmacists are trained in diabetes management and provide personalized healthcare and counselling with customers on a drop-in basis or by scheduled appointment.

Speak with our Pharmasave pharmacist for more information.