So I wondered why everyone likes compression socks for this device. The simple answer is because they rock. There are a lot of ways to do this, and I’m just figuring out my groove. Feel free to laugh and learn from my mistakes.
I am allergic to polyester, so that narrows options down a bit for me. I prefer Zensah because only their heather colors have polyester. I’ve got about four pairs of their winter weight socks, which are no longer available on their website, but Amazon has some left. I have three pair of their regular variety, I bought a size up, since my calves are huge and I like them higher than mid-calf length. Moo. In the Army, they all called my calves cows because they’re so big. Ha. Ha. Ha. Eye roll…
Then I ordered a few leg compression sleeves while I was checking out the Zensah website, because they were on sale and I wanted to try them. I FELL IN LOVE. I can wear them higher than the socks, and then I can wear my extra cushion Fruit of the Loom ankle socks with them. Happy feet, happy cows, happy Jenn. I now have three pair of compression sleeves, size L/XL. I will be buying more as time passes and paychecks make that feasible.
Another thing I wondered about was the use of knee sleeves. Summer is coming, and you do not want these things rubbing on your bare skin. VA gave me a sleeve that promptly fell down into my boot, so I consulted the Zensah, again. Once I put that bad boy on, I was sold. They make a freaking awesome knee compression sleeve, no polyester, awesome compression. I ended up wearing it every time my knee got angry, and it was amazeballs.
If you have sensitive skin, though, limit the amount of time the gripper substance is in contact with your skin. I got cocky and ended up with a ring of polkadot rash for a couple of weeks. After that, I let it breathe periodically throughout the day, and had no further problems. A lot of folks wear the sleeve inside out, and flip the grip side over the top of the cuff.
Speaking of summer…. San Antonio in the summer, that should rock for my chubby Cheesehead self. So far, I have only worn the brace over yoga pants or skinny jeans (yes, they make those for fat people). With summer coming, I need to think about what’s in my closet and if it will fit the braces. You want a tight fit at the knee or you’re going to be squeaking (the brace makes a cute squeak if it’s not on tight) and wrecking pants fast. You pants either have to fit over or under the brace.
Your best resource for women’s fashion/clothing advice for the IDEO? Beth Shaver. She’s a beast. I’m not a fashionista, but her clothing advice is spot-on for this brace. Dudes? You have it easy: wear a compression sleeve or sock, put on pants. sigh.
Ok, going to bed. It was a long day and I found out that Fila is not a good shoe for my feet and the IDEO. More on shoes later.