In simple terms, lymphedema is the disruption or a blockage of your lymph fluid flow causing it to build up in the layer of tissue you have that is under your skin. This leads to severe swelling and pain.
Two potential triggers of this condition have been identified, which include cancer treatments and surgery complications. If you are struggling with excess body weight, this could also be a risk factor as well. Obesity is a particular concern for lymphedema since the rate of obesity in the United States is worsening.
Treating your Lymphedema with Compression Stockings
Stockings are typically a fashion choice for most healthy individuals to complement their dress. However, if you are a lymphedema sufferer, compression stockings become something entirely different for you and can even save your life.
Different areas of your body can swell severely with lymphedema and when you don’t apply pressure with the compression stockings, this swelling can get much worse and even become life-threatening.
What are Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are a type of medical-grade device created for improving your blood flow and encourage ankle or feet lymph drainage. There are a number of levels in compression that range from mild to firm compression or if needed, extra firm compression. The right compression level for your individual requirements will be prescribed by your doctor.
These stockings are able to improve the flow of lymph by graduating the compression degree where its loose at the top and firm at the foot. Compression stockings promote gradual and gentle lymphatic fluid drainage from your swollen feet by working with the natural movements of your body. They don’t interrupt any flow of blood to your extremities.
There are a number of different types of compression stockings that range in materials, style, size and compression levels to help you get relief. It’s important that these stockings are properly fitted since they could worsen your Lymphedema or increase your risk of getting it if you already don’t.
Compression stockings have also been useful for women while they are pregnant and have helped provide relief from milder forms of spider and varicose veins.
If you have Lymphedema or have an increased risk for the disease, it’s important that you talk with your doctor to see if compression stockings are a good treatment plan for you.
If you think, or know, you have lymphedema, call Dr. Chris Pittman and our Tampa vein specialists at Vein 911 at 855-396-8841. We can help you choose the correct compression garment and talk about other lymphedema treatment messages, such as massage therapy, which helps to encourage your fluid to flow back into your trunk.