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What is Compression Therapy?

If it is indicated, you will benefit from compression therapy then you can discuss with your healthcare professional what is the most suitable type for you.

If you have an ulcer and it is leaking a lot, or if your legs are swollen and misshapen from oedema or lymphoedema, the compression bandage systems may be used initially to manage and reduce symptoms. Bandage kits come in 2,3 and 4 layers generally and are applied from the base of the toes just below the knee. This is to allow for a graduated effect of the amount of compression from the ankle up the leg. The compression is what will aid your blood to be pushed up your legs, aiding the damaged valves and stopping a backflow of blood.

The first line for compression if suitable for your leg shape and wound status, is compression hosiery kits. This is 2 layers including a liner and a stocking, it gives the same amount of compression as a bandage. Hosiery kits have less bulk than bandages and it is easier to apply usual footwear. They also ensure that you can be involved in supported self-care for your leg ulcer and skin care at home.

Compression wraps are devices that have elements for the foot, leg plus the knee and thigh if needed. They have Velcro wrap around fastenings for ease of use and are suitable for selling in the legs (oedema / lymphoedema).

Once your ulcer is healed you may need to have compression therapy for life in hosiery or wraps to maintain the venous system and prevent recurrence of ulcers.

Compression is available in different materials or knit, levels of compression and colours, patterns. There are now more options for men, modern colours, and options of open or closed toes, above / below knee, and tights. Ensure you have the right fit and comfort from your compression garments.

Garments do have a wear time, you need at least 2 pairs at once, and replaced every 3-6 months depending on the type and wear time.