Guide to Compression

Are you new to wearing compression, or have you owned compression gear and felt that it cost more than it was worth?  The benefits of wearing compression will only be revealed to the wearer if they are following these 5 rules:

1.) Make sure you are wearing the right size- get measured!

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At All About Compression, we do our best to fit each patient in the right sizes for their body, accounting for the length of their legs, the circumference of their calves and ankles, and the shoe size of the wearer. The best way to ensure daily compliance- which is rule number 2!

2.) The more you wear it, the better you feel.

sigvaris-cotton-men-calfCompression stockings/socks are no use to you sitting in your sock drawer. If you are going to invest in compression gear, wearing it daily, whether you are on your feet all day, or sitting at your office desk, they will make your legs feel so much better.

3.) Do NOT wear your compression while asleep unless instructed to for surgical purposes.

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Unless you get specific instructions from your provider to wear your compression gear while you are asleep, it is not good for you to wear them when your feet and your heart are at the same level.  Compression works to pump the blood back up to your heart to help work against gravity and increase circulation in your body, this is unnecessary when you are not working against gravity.

4.) Don’t settle; there are options!

Think about the colors, the patterns, the comfort of the different choices available to you!  Why settle for the drugstore brand compression stockings that will be itchy, lose their compression faster, and leave you wishing you never bought them, when you could find a pair that complements you and makes your legs sing with joy!

5.) Remember to love your body and give it the help it needs.

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News Flash: Juzo Introduces New Patterns and Colors for Compression

NEWS FLASH!  

Juzo just came out with some amazing new styles for their lymphedema arm sleeves.  The sleeves are most commonly used for patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have received treatment, but commonly show symptoms of developing lymphedema i their arms.  The new patterns that Juzo has released include Boho Spirit Henna, Butterfly Metamorphosis, Camouflage and more!

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ANNNNND THERE’S MORE!

The spring/summer color line is out!  Starting April 4th, you can purchase colors such as Copper Beach, Cosmo Blue, and Mardi Gras Purple. Call today to put in your order: (855)-835-3544!

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At risk for Lymphedema?

Are you at risk of developing Lymphedema?  It is important to understand what causes this condition to take place in your body.

What is Lymphedema?

According to National Cancer Institute, “Lymphedema is the build-up of fluid in soft body tissues when the lymph system is damaged or blocked”.

Two Types of Lymphedema: 

Primary Lymphedema is caused  by abnormal development of lymph system which can occur at birth or later in life.

Secondary Lymphedema is caused by damage to the Lymph system, often a result of infection, cancer, injury, removal of lymph nodes, or radiation.

Symptoms Include:

  • Swelling in the arm or leg
  • Heavy feeling in your arm or leg
  • Trouble moving a joint in the arm or leg
  • Itching of the legs or toes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of hair
  • Thickening of skin

To read the full article about Lymphedema, how it progresses in the body, and preventative steps that you can take if you are showing signs of developing Lymphedema, make sure to click on the link below: 

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Compression Post Cancer

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).

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For compression garment wearers, tight is right

Inspirational Story in People Magazine

We had to share this amazing story we came across about a 19 year old girl living with lymphedema, as a symptom of a rare gynetic condition she has had since birth.

People Magazine Article about Isa-Bella Leclaire rare condition

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New Pattern Compression socks, Lymphedema and More…

Check out our latest newsletter with info on Lymphedema, new pattern compression socks, Tempe Chamber Board of Directors and more…

All About Compression’s August Newsletter

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Retaining water?

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Are your ankles swollen? Do you feel like you are retaining water in your legs? Do they feel heavy and tired? It may not be water. It could be swelling from Lymphedema or it could be blood pooling in your ankles because your veins are not working properly. Seek help from a vein specialist, aka Phlebologist, who knows about Lymphedema and vein disease. They will be able to diagnose the problem with a screening and an ultrasound. Then they can figure out the best course or treatment for you, which will probably include wearing graduated compression stockings.
All About Compression sells high-quality graduated compression stockings and socks for men and women in lots of colors and styles. Call us for more info toll free (855) 835-3544.

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