November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As many diabetics know too well, diabetes can be very dangerous to your feet. Because of reduced blood flow, injuries may be harder to heal, and infections harder to resist. Nerve damage may reduce feeling to the feet making it hard to notice irritations leading to blisters developing. Taking good care of your feet is one of the keys to staying healthy. See the tips below adapted from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
- Get periodic foot exams – Seeing your physician on a regular basis can help prevent many of the foot complications related to diabetes.
- Inspect your feet daily – Check your feet for cuts, blisters, redness and swelling. Contact your doctor if you notice any of these or other irregularities.
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot, and with a soft washcloth or sponge – Only lukewarm water should be used, but feet should be washed daily. A soft washcloth or sponge will prevent irritation or injury. Gently pat dry with a soft towel.
- Moisturize, but not in between toes – Daily moisturizing will keep skin from itching or cracking. Avoid moisturizing between the toes, however, as this can encourage fungal infection.
- Keep nails trimmed – Cut your toenails carefully and straight across. File any edges and avoid cutting nails too short, which can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Don’t treat corns or calluses yourself – Self “surgery” is not recommended, nor is the use of medicated pads. Visit your doctor for any of these issues.
- Avoid smoking – Smoking restricts blood flow, which will increase the chance of damage to your feet.
- Keep shoes clear of debris – Foreign objects, no matter how small, inside of shoes can be a major source of irritation. Always inspect shoes before putting them on.
- Keep your diabetes in check – Watch your blood sugar levels and keep them in control.
- Never walk barefoot – Always wear shoes or slippers, even at home. Doing so will prevent injury from scratches or cuts.
- Always keep feet warm and dry – Don’t let your feet get wet in snow or rain and always wear warm socks and shoes in the winter.
- Wear socks to bed – To prevent cold feet during the night, wear your socks to bed. Avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles.
- Wear clean, dry socks – Be sure to change them daily.
- Avoid wearing the wrong type of socks – Avoid tight elastic bands. Thick or bulky socks can fit poorly and irritate the skin. Try SmartKnit Diabetic Socks. Our socks are seamless and form fitting, which help to prevent blister-causing pressure points. Moisture wicking fibers keep feet dry reducing friction, which can cause irritation.** Note: Tips are not meant to replace medical advice. Always consult with your doctor.
It’s Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month and this is something that Knit-Rite knows a lot about. One of the brands made at Knit-Rite is SmartKnit, which tackles the difficult problem of Sensory Processing Disorder. Many people with Sensory Processing Disorder are bothered by seams, tags and uncomfortable clothes.
As part of our SmartKnit brand, Knit-Rite makes seamless socks, undies, bralettes and even a compression tank t-shirt to help children struggling with sensory issues. SmartKnit socks are soft, moisture wicking, and perfectly seamless.
But, kids with Sensory Processing Disorder aren’t the only ones that don’t like seams. Diabetics tend to prefer seamless socks also, as seams can irritate their feet and cause blisters. Because good foot care is very important to people with diabetes, seamless socks can become a necessity. Our SmartKnit Diabetic socks fit snuggly against the skin preventing them from rubbing and irritating, reducing the risk of blisters. They are also moisture wicking, which helps to keep feet free of fungus. And, of course, they are seamless, eliminating another point of irritation.
And since we know that no one wants to wear garments that cause irritation, that’s not where our seamless products end. We use the same concepts and ideas with orthotic and prosthetic socks. Soft, comfortable, moisture-wicking yarns are used to make comfortable and seamless garments, such as prosthetic socks, AFO, KAFO and orthotic torso body socks.
At Knit-Rite, we’re all about improving the lives of others. And we know our comfortable and seamless products do just that.
Scoliosis, a condition that causes an abnormal sideways curve of the spine, affects roughly 7 million people in the United States, or about 2-3% of the population. Taking place each June, National Scoliosis Awareness Month highlights the growing need for education, early detection and public awareness about scoliosis and its prevalence.
Scoliosis affects males and females equally, but females with scoliosis are 8 times more likely to have a severe enough condition that it requires treatment, occurring in ¼ of diagnosed children. There is no known cause for the most common type of scoliosis, which is usually diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15. The earlier scoliosis is diagnosed, the better the treatment options are for patients.
Bracing is a common treatment for scoliosis patients, especially for those that are not done growing. The patient wears a brace to stop or slow the gradual curvature in the spine and prevent it from getting worse. Some braces need to be worn nearly 24 hours a day and can only be removed for showering. Others can be worn only at night. Discomfort is often a side of effect to wearing braces.
Knit-Rite developed Torso Interface Protective Body Socks in 1980 to help minimize this discomfort and provide improved skin protection for the patient. Since then, Knit-Rite has improved on the already comforting properties of torsos. Knit-Rite torsos can be worn with all types of spinal orthoses and body jackets. A seamless finish and outstanding stretch allow for a comfortable fit and the machine-washable, latex-free material doesn’t irritate skin.
Knit-Rite torsos are available in a full range of sizes, as well as three distinct fiber choices. CoolMax®/Lycra® is a premier moisture wicking fiber. The X-STATIC/Lycra® is especially helpful when skin rashes are noticeable. Both fibers are antimicrobial to help eliminate odors. Cotton/Lycra® offers the option of a natural fiber.
Visit Scoliosis Research Society for more information about scoliosis and National Scoliosis Awareness Month and Knit-Rite Direct for information on Knit-Rite’s Torso Interface Protective Body Socks.
May is Mobility Awareness Month. Improving mobility is such an important factor in the quality of life for an amputee. Knit-Rite is dedicated to helping amputees improve their mobility with a number of products designed for just that. One such product is the Power Belt Auxiliary Suspension Belt.
The Power Belt is made of powerful high denier Lycra that squeezes a prosthesis to the body. The affect is better body integration, improved control and proprioception. Many amputee patients state that the power belt makes the prosthesis feel more like a part of them, increasing mobility.
The Power Belt is made of cool, thin, breathable and durable nylon lycra material for maximum comfort. Differing from other belts of this kind, Knit-Rite’s Power Belt is uniquely low profile. It is also latex free.
Available in sizes ranging from X-Small to 2X-Large, the Power Belt is featured in four different designs to meet the needs of most wearers. These styles include the Original, the Gunslinger Waist, the Bilateral and the Adjustable Waist with Adjustable Leg.
The Power Belt and other products from Knit-Rite make amazing contributions to the mobility of amputees, but the Knit-Rite team also encourages amputees to continue this forward. This calendar at OandP.com lists several O & P events around the country, including Mobility Clinics sponsored by Ossur. We encourage you to find a Mobility Clinic in your area.
At Knit-Rite, part of the mission statement is to improve the lives of those who use our products. That goes beyond prosthetic and orthotic products. Therafirm is a division of Knit-Rite and a manufacturer of quality compression hosiery and socks.
The true gradient compression offered in Therafirm hosiery and socks delivers a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top of the stocking to promote blood flow, assist in preventing swelling and provide relief for tired and achy legs.
Therafirm includes several brands to offer the therapeutic benefits of gradient compression to different markets, including Preggers, for maternity compression; Core-Sport, for athletic compression; and GOGO, Ease and Core-Spun, for comfortable and easy-to-wear everyday compression.
We’re proud of improving the lives of many people with these products. But, don’t take it from us. Here are a few of the things our customers say about our Therafirm products!
- Jill J. who ordered Maternity Leggings and Support Band from Preggers
I am 35 weeks along and I was on my feet all day at work. My legs did not ache or swell at all after a 6 hour day in my new Preggers leggings.
- Leigh who ordered Light Support Maternity Footless Tights from Preggers
I thought I would be chained to wearing compression nylons all summer. I find nylons itchy and frustrating due to how easily they snag or start to sag. However, when I found these footless tights, I have not needed to go back to nylons. These tights feel comfortable all day long, do not sag, and still look great despite me wearing them everyday for two months so far. My friends and family tell me all the time that they do not look like maternity compression hose, and I agree.
- Martha B. who ordered Mild Compression Athletic Performance Socks from Therafirm
Great product! Excellent support! Perfect for the gym… It keeps sweat off but also doesn’t make you sweaty. Highly recommend!
- Carrie who ordered Women’s Light Support Tights from Therafirm
I bought 5 pairs of these. The material is so soft and comfortable. It never bunches up behind my knees and is very easy to put on. I love the colors they look stunning with skirts. Thank you, Therafirm, for making good quality and beautiful compression wear. I love them!
- T.W who ordered Women’s Mild Support Pantyhose from Therafirm
I am hooked! So energizing, fabulous fabric, loved the cocoa brown color. Soon, I will get in black as well. Great waistband too.
- T.B. who ordered Light Support Pantyhose from GOGO
I personally have been very satisfied with the fit and feel of your products. The graduated compression really helps to keep me moving and feeling healthy. When wearing these, I am encouraged to get up and get moving with much less pain or fatigue. You folks have an awesome and affordable product that helps people get back to appreciating the basics in life! Thank You!!
- Andrea H. who ordered Light Support Footless Tights from GOGO
I just received these today and I have yet to take them off. The color is awesome (and exactly as pictured), and they’re soft and comfortable.
Every athlete knows it’s important to protect your body; it’s your most important piece of athletic equipment and the key to longevity in your sport. Football players wear helmets and pads. Soccer players wear shin guards. Volleyball players wear a good pair of knee pads. And runners wear the right kind of running shoes designed for long distance or sprints, and meant to protect their feet.
Amputee athletes are no different. They must also protect their bodies, from the elements of their sports and even from the blisters and irritation caused from the prostheses themselves. Protection is the role that Knit-Rite prosthetic socks play for these athletes.
“It doesn’t matter how fancy your prosthesis is, you have to have the right sock,” says Tanya Khvitsko, Knit-Rite employee and amputee runner. Tanya is a champion of the Soft-Sock. It’s her choice for everyday and for running. “It’s lightweight and super comfortable,” she says.
Here’s Tanya wearing a Soft-Sock in one of her races!
The lightweight nature is important to Tanya in securing the right fit and being comfortable while she trains and competes. The super soft and moisture-wicking fibers of the Soft-Sock are extra gentle on Tanya’s sensitive skin.
When irritation does set in, Tanya turns to Knit-Rite’s Liner-Liner. The super soft, super thin material of the Liner-Liner helps to relieve irritation, while not inhibiting the suction grip of her prosthesis against her skin.
The Soft-Sock and Liner-Liner are important tools as Tanya trains and works toward her goals. She wants to run a full marathon. She started running three years ago and since that time, she’s run more than 50 races, one of them a half marathon. And she ran her fastest 5K in 30 minutes. The full marathon won’t be far off!
The new 4-Way Stretch Shrinker offers superior fit qualities, is extremely soft, and is easier to don. Core-spun construction provides a wider range of stretch. Other great benefits include:
- Silicone dot suspension band to help keep shrinker in place. AK available with or without waist belt.
- Black version features X-Static to help prevent odor in the garment and provide wicking and thermal properties
- Available in Medium (20-30 mmHg) and Heavy (30-40 mmHg) compression, Transtibial and Transfemoral sizes.