Indications for compression therapy
If the vascular system – or parts of it – is disturbed, venous or lymphatic disorders and/or diseases can result. Venous disorders affect between 15% and 40% of the adult population worldwide. With increasing age, the likelihood of developing this disorder increases. Graduated compression wear supports the proper function of venous valves to ensure blood is pumped back to the heart more efficiently.
Are you asking yourself why your legs often feel heavy and uncomfortable? Discomfort of the legs, like leg pain, heaviness, and/or leg tiredness, as well as swollen feet and ankles, can be first signs of venous disorder. Medical compression can help.
Small veins visible through the skin of your legs are called spider veins. Spider veins are early symptoms of venous disorder. Compression wear can help to relieve symptoms and prevent formation of further spider veins.
Venous disorder or venous insufficiency can lead to varicose veins. Medical compression is the standard treatment for varicose veins. A doctor’s visit is recommended, especially if varicose veins are hurting, itching, or burning.
If the volume of your legs is constantly increased, and pressure on the affected part leaves an indent, you have oedema. The cause could be venous or lymphatic. A doctor’s consultation will provide the correct diagnosis. Compression therapy is the basic therapy for oedema.
Venous leg ulcers are unhealed sores or open wounds on the legs. They occur in the presence of venous disease.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is a serious condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the lower leg or calf and blocks blood flow. DVT can lead to leg swelling, redness, and pain, but it can also occur without these symptoms. DVT can become a life-threatening condition if the blood clot breaks loose from its original location in the vein and travels through the bloodstream into the lungs. This potentially fatal event is known as pulmonary embolism (PE). Here you can find more information on DVT in general and solutions for its prevention.
Lymphoedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system. Treatment includes medical compression, among others.
Lipoedema is a chronic, progressive disorder that is characterized by abnormal distribution of adipose tissue. This results in disproportion between extremities and trunk. The disproportion is caused by a localised, symmetrical increase in subcutaneous adipose tissue, typically in the lower extremities, less common also in the upper extremities. Compression wear is one very important element in the treatment of lipoedema.
If, as a diabetic patient, you experience swelling in the feet, ankles, and leg, specially designed compression wear can relieve these symptoms.