Lymphedema is very common in recovering cancer patients, typically a side effect of surgery, radiation, and/or injury (Dukes. 2016). Medical-grade compression stockings are wonderful tools to help with swelling and Lymphedema in legs and arms. Debbie Jurrocks, a five year cancer survivor, tells her story about being diagnosed with Lymphedema and how compression has helped her in the article listed below (Dukes. 2016).
For compression garment wearers, tight is right
What is Edema?
Compression is used by patients that suffer from a condition known as Edema. Edema is the result of an accumulation of fluid under the skin and most of the time affects the circulation in a person’s lower legs, ankles, and feet, causing obvious swelling.
How does compression work?
The use of compression stockings, sleeves, and athletic socks helps increase blood flow by applying pressure to the lower legs, providing a firm grip on the ankles, and decreases the pressure as it progresses up the leg.
Who uses compression stockings?
A myriad of people use compression to help them treat their case of Edema. Edema is caused by several different factors such as:
- Varicose veins
- Sports injuries
- Sitting or standing for prolonged period
If you suffer from swelling in your lower legs, ankles or feet, talk to your doctor about compression stockings.