Compression socks are recognized as an effective treatment for Edema by increasing blood circulation from the legs back to the heart, which reduces swelling. Before treating Edema at home, visit a doctor for treatment and checkups in case of other medical conditions like heart disease.
Why a Doctor may recommend Compression Socks
There are various reasons why a doctor might recommend the use of compression socks, including;
- Swelling of the legs, ankles, and feet/ Edema
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Post surgery to prevent the formation of blood clots in the veins
- Prevent venous ulcers
- Improve blood circulation
- Heavy legs and pain
- Improve lymphatic drainage
What is Edema
Edema, or swelling, occurs when fluid accumulates in body tissues more than usual. There are different types of Edemas affecting various body parts:
- Peripheral Edema happens in the limbs, legs, arms, ankles, feet, and hands.
- Pulmonary Edema affects the lungs
Edema progresses slowly in the body, which underlying health conditions could surface. If you notice prolonged, persistent swelling, visit a doctor for a checkup.
Symptoms of Edema
Edema indicates the presence of underlying health conditions. Some symptoms of Edema are:
- Stiff joints and aching body parts
- Presence of pits due to pressure.
- Decreased urine production
- Weight loss and weight gain
- Puffiness of the eyes, legs, hands
- Tight shiny skin
Causes of Edema
Edema occurs due to the retention of fluid in the tissues more than usual. There are other causes of Edema in the body, including;
- Heart failure
Edema can occur when the lower heart chambers cannot pump blood properly. The limbs swell due to uneven blood flow.
- Kidney failure
The kidney is responsible for eliminating excess fluid and sodium from the blood. In case of a kidney failure, fluids and sodium cannot are retained in the body in excess, causing leakage to the tissue. Leaked fluids build up on the body tissue causes swelling of the limbs.
- Liver cirrhosis
Cirrhosis affects the functioning of the liver. The liver cannot regulate the hormones and fluid handling substances if damaged. The fluids may leak into the surrounding tissues causing Edema. Cirrhosis increases pressure in the vein responsible for transferring blood to the river from other body parts. The pressure created causes Edema in the abdominal cavity and the legs.
The body produces hormones that increase fluid and sodium retention during pregnancy. The retained fluid and sodium cause swelling of the face and legs. The enlarged uterus applies pressure to the veins while resting in an inclined position. Obstructed vein and high blood during pregnancy also can cause Edema.
Excess intake of salt increases sodium levels in the body can increase risk of Edema.
Other induced factors causing Edema are;
- Birth control pills
- Prolonged immobility
- High attitude
- Thyroid disease.
Dangers of Edema
Untreated Edema could lead to permanent or worsened conditions in your body. Some of the dangers of untreated Edema are:
- Poor blood circulation
- Permanent kidney failure
- Heart diseases,
- Skin ulcers
- Difficulty walking and stiffness
- Painful swellings
- Infection on the swollen area
- Causes loss of elasticity in the veins, joints, and arteries.
You can prevent and treat Edema and swelling before they progress through self-care routines like:
- Reduction of salt intake
- Dressing warmly during the cold season
- Constant leg raises to improve blood circulation
- Regularly walking and exercising to increase blood flow
- Wear supportive socks like those sold at Care-med.
- Lose weight and proper dieting.
Choosing the best socks for your treatment is easier with the available options in sites and clinics like the Care-med clinic in Toronto. The clinic offers custom fitting for their clients and orders for them the footwear based on their needs
How compression socks help treat Edema
Compressive socks and stockings compress the legs prevents or reduce swelling. The compression helps apply pressure to the swollen feet reducing the cross-sectional area. The reduced size increases the velocity of the blood, which increases the circulation of the blood.
The socks are tighter at the bottom, compressing the veins and forces the blood to flow from the feet back to the heart. The flow of the blood increases the oxygen level in the foot, thereby treating Edema.
Choosing Compression socks for Edema Treatment
There are a lot of options in the market to choose from when it comes to compression socks. However, if you are treating Edema, not all stockings are suitable for all conditions.
Consult a doctor for treatment. The doctor will evaluate your condition and prescribe the most suitable compression socks.
The best socks for swelling and Edema treatment
Choosing the right socks for your Edema treatment depends on the stage of Edema. The doctors prescribe the strength of the socks you need.
Some of custom quality socks available for fitting at the Care-Med Clinic are:
- Circaid Compression Anklet
The compression anklets are easy to put and fit well in shoes. The anklets give optimum compression to the foot.
- Mediven Ulcer Kit® Compression Stocking
The socks give the ankle a compression at 20mmHg. The stocking has color marking knitted for the exact positioning of the pressure. Mediven ulcer kit stocking is yarn coated with elemental silver. The coat acts against pathogenic micro-organisms and binds odors.
- L& R ReadyWrap Compression
The ReadyWrap compression is adjustable compression for self-management after treatment. You can only purchase the wrap with a prescription from a doctor.
- L& R Caresia Bandage liners
The off-the-shelf Caresia garments are an advanced use of traditional bandages. The bandage liners facilitate the movement of the patient and reduce the stress associated with wrapping the application.
- Sports Training Compression Sock
The sports socks have a gentle compression which increases ankle stability and protects the Achilles tendon.
- Mediven Sheer and Soft Compression Stocking
The stockings are transparent, soft, and gentle to the skin. The socks are not distinguishable from fashionable ones and are available in different styles.
Care-med clinic offers custom fitting for hands and footwear based on your need. You can book an appointment with the specialist at their office and receive a customized treatment.