Diabetic Edema and Compression Stockings: New Research

People with diabetes often experience edema, or swelling. When swelling interferes with blood flow in the lower body, it puts diabetes patients at risk for foot ulcers and other vein diseases. But there’s good news, according to researchers from Chicago – using mild compression stockings therapy can reduce swelling in the lower legs without adversely […]

Compression Stockings and Edema

Edema, or swelling, is a common health problem, and many people who experience edema wear compression stockings or compression support hose. If your doctor has told you that you need to wear compression stockings because of your edema, keep reading for more information. What Is Edema? Edema is when tissues of the body get puffy […]

Compression Stockings and Sleep Apnea: Can Support Hose Help You Sleep Better?

Doctors often recommend compression stockings for a variety of health conditions — from deep vein thrombosis to leg swelling (edema) of pregnancy to lymphedema to varicose veins. But new research published in the November 2011 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggests that this type of medical therapy may benefit people […]

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Basics

If you have deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, chronic vein disease, or need surgery that will keep you in bed for lengthy periods of time, your doctor may recommend you use intermittent pneumatic compression. That’s a mouthful! What’s intermittent pneumatic compression? Let’s break it down: Intermittent – in intervals Pneumatic – using air Compression – […]

Debulking and Lymphedema

Debulking is a type of surgery sometimes used in patients with lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling and fluid accumulation in the upper or lower extremities. Generally, the fluid accumulation associated with lymphedema is treated with compression therapy and compression garments. Bandages or gauze are wrapped around the affected limb, and a supportive stocking or […]