Post by Butiki on Apr 14, 2014 17:49:47 GMT -8
G'day all, I have in the last week started wearing my compression stockings again as the swelling in my feet was starting to get bad again. the ones I wear are from a company called Jobst. See here, I find they are very comfortable and in fact take away most of the tingling in my feet ??? and have reduced the swelling significantly, they almost look normal again. I swore black and blue that I would not wear them but I have now changed my mind.
The reason I started wearing them again was because my PT wanted me too, as I am now being fitted with AFO's and she needed me to wear socks and as the swelling in my feet was quite bad, wanted me wearing compression stockings so she gave me 3 pairs. I thought she would give me the white ones you get after surgery, but she came out with these rather smart looking ones. The only thing I don't like about them is that they come up too my knees, ahhh well beggars can't be choosers I guess.
To prevent your legs from swelling or to reduce edema, you can do the following:
Wear compression stockings if they’ve been prescribed for you. These are tight elastic stockings that usually come up to the top of your thigh. They help move blood back up to your heart and keep it from pooling in your legs.
Make sure your braces, splints, clothing, and urinary devices are not too tight.
Elevate your hands, legs, and feet often if they are affected by edema. Elevate your legs up to or above the level of your heart for 10–15 minutes four to five times a day. Sleep with your legs slightly elevated, if possible.
Do your range-of-motion exercises every day, and make sure you move your legs from one position to another every two to three hours.
If you often have swelling, buy shoes one size larger. Make sure there’s plenty of room from top to bottom in your shoe, not just from one end to the other.