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  • Footless Compression Leggings: Fashion vs. Medical, Key Features & How to Find your Perfect Pair

    When I began wearing compression in 2008, I had to wear a stocking that covered my full leg due to the location of my DVT. Since it extended up my calf to behind my knee, a sock didn’t provide enough length to manage the symptoms I was experiencing. At the time, thigh highs & pantyhose were my only option – two hosiery styles I didn’t often wear.

    Despite this, I dutifully wore the two alternating between them depending on my outfit & the weather. Their function was amazing, but they were tricky to integrate into my clothing routine. Living in California, I frequently wear sandals. While open toe styles helped me do this, I was sometimes still embarrassed for the piece of their foot that extended past my pant cuff.

    As my condition healed & symptoms improved, I began seeking ways to continue wearing compression without feeling like it was so obvious to others. Leggings were becoming especially popular with the growth of brands like Lululemon & the birth of the “athleisure” movement. To feel like I was keeping up with this, I started cutting the feet off my pantyhose. Ultimately this personal trick was the inspiration behind the development of our footless leggings.

    Since we introduced our first solid black footless version of them a few years ago, they’ve quickly become our best-selling style. To continue offering wearers different options for different needs, we’ve since added a few variations of this original variation. To help you decide whether any or one of these footless leggings is right for you, here’s some added info on their respective features & answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about footless garments.

    Q: What’s the difference between something like a Spanx fashion or Nike sport compression legging & a Rejuva wellness compression legging?

    A: Many brands like Spanx have fantastic fashion leggings that advertise compression for added slimming benefits. I myself have some of these (and love them) but there’s a very important differentiation between them. Most compression leggings you see advertised in mainstream athletic or department stores are simply elastic clothes that squeeze parts of the body in uniform ways to suck in & flatten common trouble areas like the bum, upper thigh or tummy. This can offer a sensation of being held-in or supported but they do not contain the specific type of FDA registered, carefully-measured and controlled compression that comes in medically conscious versions like Rejuva’s.

    For graduated compression to have its true circulation enhancing effects, a specific decreasing amount of compression must be applied from the ankle to the knee and above. Special medical knitting machines are required to do this along with special testing to confirm the compression is just right. These garments are held to different standards than fashion & sport variations. In fact, wearing an extremely tight compression pant or legging that doesn’t have graduated compression can actually have the opposite effect on the leg’s circulation. By squeezing in a uniform or reverse way it can impede normal circulation

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    If you’re unsure of a garments’ compression type (i.e. whether it’s uniform or true graduated) one hint is to check material composition. Non-medical, unregistered fashion or sport variations typically contain a nylon/spandex mix with 5-6% spandex. By comparison, something like a Rejuva legging has nearer 23-25% spandex. This larger proportion of spandex is required to exert the degree of pressure required of effective medical compression. It’s also what makes getting into a Rejuva compression legging trickier than a Spanx version. Real graduated compression should be noticeably firm in the ankle region.

    Q: Who can wear footless compression leggings?

    A: People seeking relief from swelling & discomfort often use footless compression leggings. We have wearers who use them for things ranging from preventative reasons like standing or sitting for long periods (hair stylists, retail associates, restaurant staff, hotel employees, road or desk warriors) to medical conditions like clots, POTs, autoimmune disorders, edemas. It really varies.

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    Q: Who should NOT wear footless compression leggings?

    A: If you have moderate to severe venous insufficiency or edema or are recovering from a surgery, talk to your doctor to ensure this style’s right for you. In certain advanced cases, compression with a full foot may be recommended.

    Q: You mention sometimes a full foot is recommended. Why?

    A: The leg’s vascular system starts in the foot. Giving that area a hug of support along with the ankle captures all the veins & valves that begin in that lowest region. This is why we recommend positioning the bottom of your legging to cover your ankle as much as possible when you put them on. Do this by pulling the garment below your anklebone as you apply them. Also watch to ensure they don’t creep up during the day. Unintended creep up the calf can cause your ankles to swell via incorrect positioning.

    Q: What features are unique to the Rejuva legging I may not see in a fashion or sport legging?

    A:   There are a few. First, to achieve their firm graduated compression they’re knit in a way sometimes feels like thinly ribbed finish. This is an issue of functionality & required to achieve their opacity. Personally, I barely notice it but we have had people ask about it before so it’s something I like to give an extra heads up on. They’re not perfectly flat like a cotton legging.

    Second, they contain side panels on the side of the torso reminiscent of an equestrian pant. This is also a functional feature. Our first version of this item didn’t have those & it resulted in an extremely tight bum region. Without extra room for the tush, the first generation leggings were susceptible to a plumber’s crack look when sitting or bending over. I prefer not having to worry about adjusting my pants as I go about my day (and exposing my bum!) so added this extra space in our second generation.

    Lastly, they’re more work to get into than a fashion or sport legging. This is another feature of most graduated compression. Be patient when putting them on the first time & be sure to do so from a sitting position. It’s worth it!

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    Q: What’s the best way to put them on?

    A: Do not bunch them up like you would a cotton sock or legging. This concentrates the compression & will make them impossible to get on. Instead, keep them laid out flat on the floor. Sit down & begin sliding ONE foot in first. Slowly pull that leg over your foot & heel bit by bit. As you gather more fabric on the other side of your heel, start inching the leg up your calf. Don’t go all the way up above your knee or it will be tough to get on the other leg. Repeat the same lower half of the leg on your remaining side. Once knee high on both, then continue slowly pulling up the remainder of the garment over the thighs. After pulling up to your waist, hold the waistband out & slide your hand palm facing out down your thigh, pulling the garment up to flatten & adjust. This is my secret trick for getting them positioned just right! Ensure the crotch is all the way up to your groin to avoid them slipping down through your day. If they aren’t pulled up properly from the start, they can become a drag (literally).

    Q: What’s the difference between a footless & stirrup Rejuva legging?

    A: The only difference between the footless & stirrup Rejuva leggings is an added piece of material connected to the end of the leg that wraps around the arch of the foot. The leg & top portions of the two versions are identical.

    The purpose of this stirrup is to hold the legging securely down over the ankle & prevent it from creeping up. By doing this it can eliminate the need to adjust the bottom of the garment through the day. From a functional perspective this lends added support to foot and ankle veins (similar to an open-toed garment) while still leaving the toes and heel open. It can also provide a feel-good hug to the arch. From a fashion perspective, this enables wearers to wear open toe & open heel shoes. I love how stirrups stay put when layered under longer socks or boots.

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    Q: Are Rejuva leggings available in 20-30 mmHg?

    A: Not yet. This is something we’ve been working on for a long time but haven’t yet been able to get just right. Since we want them to be absolutely perfect for you, we’re continuing our product development quest. Be assured, it’s definitely something we’re prioritizing & working actively upon.

    In the meantime, one thing to note about our current 15-20 mmHg leggings is that they are produced to land on the highest side of that support range. For that reason, many 20-30 mmHg wearers are often pleasantly surprised by their firm support. If you’re a 20-30 mmHg wearer concerned as to whether you would get adequate compression from them, I’d suggest giving them a try. If they’re not quite right, just let us know within 30 days and we’ll help you find something that’s a better match.

  • Wearing Compression Stockings in Cold Weather: FAQs + Seasonal Tips

    Cooling air, shorter days, and the arrival of holiday decor: signals of fall’s arrival and the weather changes that accompany it. With this change in weather, come changes in wardrobe. For compression wearers, this sparks a different set of questions than those wearers consider in warmer months. Some of the most frequent we’ve been hearing at Rejuva are:

    • Which items are best to layer under pants?
    • Can I wear a compression legging with a sock together?
    • What are the warmest styles?

    These thoughtful questions are also complimented by style considerations. What finishes look best with this seasons’ trends?

    I know, because I too asked many of these when I started wearing compression. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve now worn compression for approaching 8 years (eeks!). Having had this personal experience combined with the benefit of speaking to countless customers via email or phone, we’ve discovered many of the answers along the way.

    So without further ado ... Here’s our take on answers to these common fall questions.

    Q: Which compression stockings are best to layer under pants?

    A: The answer to this depends on a few personal preferences & needs. Since knee highs are pretty intuitive to pair with pants, most wearers asking this are looking for a thigh high or pantyhose. In that case, I personally suggest thigh highs over pantyhose when seeking a full-length solution.

    Two key benefits I find with this [thigh high] style are that it avoids the added material layer around the tummy/bum plus quicker bathroom breaks. Most often the silicone thigh bands that hold them up cannot be seen under pants. As a disclaimer, I do find some lightweight fabrics in skinny leg cuts can reveal a bit of a bump where the elastic squeezes in that soft part of the upper thigh. Typically in my experience though, this bump isn’t significant enough for others to notice. If the upper thigh area is of special concern or sensitivity to you, then consider this when choosing between the two styles. Wearing pantyhose will eliminate this possibility under pants but also add an extra layer.

    Once you’ve narrowed down cut, next consideration is finish. In fall/winter, many of our wearers opt for an opaque pair in black. The benefit of this over a sheer is a little added warmth + durability. In the case you want something more natural looking that can be worn under a pair of distressed denim jeans (like below) or an ankle crop style, opt for a sheer in natural like this one. I find no one even notices it when peeking through the ankle area or knee.

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    Q: How about Rejuva leggings – can those be worn under pants?

    A: More recently, we’ve received a few calls asking whether our Rejuva leggings could be worn under pants. The answer is yes, but with a few considerations & prospective drawbacks. Our leggings were designed to be opaque and wearable on a stand-alone basis. As such, they’re thicker than most pantyhose & thigh highs. This is no problem if worn beneath looser, wider leg styles but may prove less than ideal under slimmer cut items. Personally, I prefer wearing our leggings on a stand-alone basis with a tunic or long sweater and not underneath pants as seen below.

    Q: Can I wear a compression sock WITH a compression legging?

    A: Sure. You could pair a compression knee high with a compression legging.We’re heard of this specifically used by some lymphedema therapists in cases where one garment alone doesn’t provide adequate support to combat the swelling through the entire lower body (toe to belly button). One thing to keep in mind when doing so is that compression layered atop compression will add to the pressure exerted on your leg. So if you layer a 15-20 mmHg sock WITH a 15-20 mmHg legging, your calf may be getting nearer 30 mmHg of pressure in that region. For some this may be firmer than desired. For others, it might feel great. As with all compression, listen to your body. Discomfort will often signal if the combo isn’t quite for you. Your doctor or therapist is also a great resource for a case-specific question like this.

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    Q: What are the warmest styles for colder weather?

    A: Most opaque styles are great for colder weather. I love opaque, black pantyhose like this for converting skirts & dresses into more winter-friendly gear & cozy socks like these for inside of ski & snow boots. Some brands also offer styles knit from Merino Wools, a favorite fabric of outdoor adventurers. One item I especially love for cool-weather casualwear this fall is a stirrup legging. The small stirrup helps keep the legging down around the arch of the foot, hugging the ankle with support & making sure the bottom of the legging doesn’t creep up underneath socks or boots. This fall, I’ve been taking long knit socks and slouching them down over my stirrup leggings for a little extra texture and warmth. Loving how they look here also paired with a chunky knit scarf.

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    How do you wear compression in cold months? Show us by tagging @rejuvahealth on Instagram. Something we missed? Help us fill in the gap by emailing support@rejuvahealth.com with your question.

  • How to wear compression leggings – FAQ’s and style ideas.

     

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    When I first began wearing compression my doctor instructed me to wear full-length compression. Living on the beach in California at the time, this prescription wasn’t an easy one. In addition to the year-round warm weather that made pantyhose a challenge, I ached to look more like my friends & wear my favorite sandals while still complying with my compression therapy.

    To navigate around this, I started cutting the feet off my compression pantyhose. This sneaky trick let me wear some of the clothes I craved, but left me with a few annoying side effects. The ends of my compression tights would begin to roll & fray after a few wears. I was also frustrated I couldn’t ever wear my modified “footless” tights alone. And so the idea for Rejuva’s footless compression legging was born …

    When designing our footless legging, I focused on 3 main features:

    -  A top like a true legging (no pantyhose control tops with feet cut off) -  Maximum opacity so you can wear & pair with tops other than dresses -  An ultra wide, yoga-pant-inspired tummy band

    After over 10 months of research, development, and countless prototype iterations, we finally had a version I loved & which I thought other wearers like me would love too. We launched it fall 2012 and they’ve been a best-seller since!

    Because of their popularity, we also get a lot of questions about them. Some of the most common are: “How opaque are they?” And “What can I wear them with?” Check out this video for answers to those questions and more …

    Can’t tune in to the video? Here’s a written recap of some of its top highlights.

    Q: What colors are available?

    A: RejuvaWear leggings come in 2 colors – a classic black and an indigo blue. The black’s designed to be your easy, everyday staple (afterall, who doesn’t love a slimming black pant?) while the indigo is more similar to a “jegging” in hue – think a bit more casual and fun. I especially love this color in spring and summer.

    Q: Are they opaque?

    A: YES! This is why they took so long to develop. These leggings offer full opaque coverage in the tummy and leg and are NOT simply a pair of pantyhose with the feet cut off. Rejuva leggings are knit with true medical grade graduated compression in the 15-20 mmHg support level that extends through the leg

    Q: Can I wear your compression leggings like a normal legging?

    A: Yes. Their compression is most effective when pulled down below your ankle so just be sure to pull down their bottom ends as low as possible when putting on. Other than that – rock just as you would a normal legging. Since footless, you can compare with most any footwear. Try with sandals or open-toed ballet flats.

    Q: How do you suggest wearing these day to day?

    A: Keep it casual by pairing with a v-neck, denim jacket, comfy flats, or sandals. Swap between seasons by trading out shoes & accessories. We love leather boots, sweaters and cozy scarves with leggings in winter. You can even pair our leggings with athletic shoes and a t-shirt as workout wear. Check out the pictures below for inspiration shots featuring the above suggestions.

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    Q: How do I dress up my leggings?

    A: Take your leggings the more formal route by pairing with heels and a dress top. I love this combination for weekend nights out – my friends & I call them our Spanx on steroids! Ultra supportive and extra slimming too. Accessories can also help dress up your look. Try a statement watch, bangles, or your favorite rings. Their added sparkle and detail on your hands and wrist will accentuate your leggings when standing or sitting with arms by your sides.RejuvaHealth-Leggings-Style-Tips RejuvaHealth-Leggings-Style-Tips

     

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    Q: Can you wear compression leggings for travel?

    A: Yes! Footless compression leggings are also great for flights, long drives, or any long periods of sitting or standing. Pair them with comfy sneakers and don’t forget layers if traveling via air– a must for varying plane cabin temperatures.

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    How do you wear yours? Tag your picture on instagram with #compressionleggings @rejuvahealth or our new favorite hastag #LBL (little black leggings).

  • How to choose between full-length compression stocking styles

    So your doctor told you to wear full-length compression stockings.

    Knee-highs are out of the question so what’s the next best option: thigh highs, pantyhose, or leggings?

    Here are a few of the top pieces of advice I’ve learned over the years along with some of my favorite tips for choosing the best length compression garment for your needs.

    Video Highlights:

    When prescribed compression stockings, it’s not uncommon for a doctor suggest a full-length style. This could apply whether you have DVT, POTS, an advanced varicosity, or are coming out of surgery. Unfortunately doctors don’t always accompany this suggestion with the pros & cons of each style, making it hard to know which may be best for you.

    They are typically 3 full-length styles: thigh highs, pantyhose, and leggings.

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    COMPRESSION THIGH HIGHS

    Knit from a nylon-spandex blend, these are typically topped with a stay-up band. The stay up band style varies by item and brand, however the most commonly used is enhanced with a sticky “dot” pattern on the thigh bands interior. This dot material is made from surgical grade silicone so offers more adhesion than a band you might find in a department store brand thigh high. The lack of a tummy top offered in a thigh high makes this style a great option for ease of getting on and off (think quicker bathroom breaks and dressing time than a full pantyhose). One potential caveat is that some find the silicone to slip down during the day. For many, this is remedied with an easy adjustment – a garment with proper fit shouldn’t move too much. So consider body type when evaluating whether a compression thigh high is right for you. We’ve found pear shapes often prefer pantyhose to avoid band slippage in the upper thigh area whereas straight shapes may experience adequate hold.

     

    COMPRESSION PANTYHOSE

     

    Compression pantyhose are similar in style to typical department store pantyhose, the largest difference lying in the firm compression contained in the legs. Tummy tops vary by brand. Some offer moderate compression like a shaping garment while others offer breathing room for comfort. When reading about different pantyhose across brands, be sure to check out the item’s waistband. Rejuva’s in particular are knit in a wide honeycomb style designed to hold up without binding. Personally, solid elastic bands give me tummy aches when worn for more than a few hours, so this is something I look out for to ensure I don’t have when shopping. Some come with adjustable waistbands (Medi brand for example). These are similar to what you might find in a child’s pant with a hidden button sewn into the waistband that you can adjust through a small opening in the elastic. I find pantyhose to be great for more formal occasions when you want shaping under a dress. They’re more difficult to get in and out of than a thigh high, but also offer the added benefit of light back support when standing for long periods.

     

    COMPRESSION LEGGINGS

     

    Footless variations aren’t for everyone so be sure to ask you physician whether it will adequately address your needs. Since the garment starts at the base of the ankle, it doesn’t offer compression in the heel area, which can render it less effective than full foot options for wearers with advanced conditions or varicosities. For those for whom footless compression is an OK option, these are a great style for summer & warm weather. I love wearing them with sandals, open top shoes and flats to feel a little more normal when dressing up in summer compression. Like pantyhose, they offer more torso support than thigh highs, lifting the bum & shaping the midsection. Rejuva’s are knit with an extra wide 4-inch waistband, a special feature we spent an extra 9 months developing and very rare in the world of compression. They also offer a nice hug of low back support.

     

    Takeaway decision-making tips

     

    When choosing a full-length compression style, be sure to consider your body type. What type of pants typically works best for you? If you like wider or boot leg cuts and have a full shape, a legging or pantyhose may be a better fit. On the other hand, if you like very tapered cuts and have a straight shape, thigh highs may also hold up well on your build. What kind of features do you like: Garments that stay up without any adjustment (ex: pantyhose)? Freedom offered by easy in & out (ex: thigh highs)? Weigh all of these factors when deciding which style may be best for you.

     

    Once you get them …

     

    Be sure to try them on! Proper fit is essential for effective compression therapy. You won’t wear a garment that doesn’t fit comfortably so be sure to give them a test run as soon as you get them home. If the first garment you selected isn’t quite the right fit, don’t be discouraged. Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs to meet your prince. Call a support team member to see if you can gain added advice on what may be right for you. Explain any likes or dislikes. Chances are a well-trained customer service representative has heard similar questions before & can guide you in the right direction based on what they’ve heard from other wearers.

  • Style Your Stockings: Date Night 101 for your 50s

    DATE NIGHT 101

    You’re fifty years young.  It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has passed. The kids have grown up and gone off to college and you and your husband have the house to yourselves again.  Sure, you miss them and count the days in between their next visit home.  But in the meantime, take advantage of the time you have alone with your husband and enjoy each other’s company by doing little things together.  Tonight, make it a date and go see that movie you’ve been hearing so much about.  The next step is picking out an impeccable outfit.  You want to be comfortable but still look nice and sometimes that can be hard to do.  We decided to put together a unique outfit that has all of the components of being age appropriate, flattering and fashionable. That’s why we thought this occasion would be the perfect opportunity to wear your new RejuvaHealth slimming support compression leggings.  Over the leggings, we have paired a midi length stone colored dress.  This midi length is a great option because it allows for comfort and style while still showing off a little leg.  Because movie theatres are known to get a little cold, avoid smuggling in that old blanket by layering the dress with an asymmetrically draped black cardigan.  Add a little height to your outfit with a pair of black wedge leather boots that hit just above the ankle that look great and are easy to walk in.  Accessorizing your outfit correctly is key.  Therefore, we have added a little color with a great rustic colored tote—it’s okay if you like to bring your own popcorn…we won’t tell.  Make the outfit pop by adding a colorful silk scarf to the handle of the bag.  Top it all off with a long tigers’ claw necklace.  Age is just a number so enjoy your night!

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