Leg Swelling Causes and Traetment2019-08-29T12:07:01-04:00

Leg Swelling

Leg swelling, or edema, generally occurs because of an abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid in the lower extremity. Oedema (also spelled edema) is swelling occurring when fluid leaks out of the body’s capillaries. The most common cause of leg swelling is a venous disease. Lymphedema is another condition which causes leg swelling and is almost always secondary to a disorder of lymph nodes. Swollen legs, feet, and ankles are also common in late pregnancy. Lack of exercise can contribute to water retention in legs and cause swelling – exercising helps leg veins work against gravity to return blood to the heart.

Leg Swelling Treatment

Treatment of leg swelling, or edema, is based on the cause and can be done in a number of ways, including compression stockings. At Comfort Clinic, we have a wide variety of compression stockings for leg swelling, which can help remove fluids from legs by applying gradient compression. Following your doctor’s prescription, our compression garments fitter will perform a detailed assessment of leg swelling, take measurements and select suitable garment. We will explain the features and benefits of the garment and, if necessary, prepare custom compression stockings to manage the swelling.

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What kinds of medical compression stockings are available?2019-03-11T16:15:17-04:00

Compression stockings come in different length types (bellow the knee, thigh and pantyhose), foot styles (closed or open toe) and compression range, which is measured in mmHg (millimetres of mercury). There are designated medical indications for each compression class:

Light compression -10-20mmHg- used for mild varicosity, often purchased over the counter.

Moderate compression – 20-30mmHg (CCL1) – used in relation to a conditions of the superficial veins. Post-surgical, minor varicosities, minor ankle, leg and foot swelling, heaviness and fatigue in legs, post sclerotherapy, initial varicosities or prophylactic treatment during pregnancy, superficial thrombophlebitis, hereditary disposition toward vein disease.

Strong compression – 30-40mmHg (CCL 2) – used for conditions within the superficial and deep systems. Moderate varicosities and edema, lymphatic edema, management and prevention of venous ulcers, orthostatic hypotension, post-surgical, post-sclerotherapy, effective scar formation after burns, pregnancy with previous phlebitis, stasis dermatitis due to CVI.

Very strong -40-50mmHg (CCL3) – used for advanced conditions and chronic venous insufficiency or venous ulceration.  Severe varicosities, severe edema, lymphatic edema, management of venous ulcers, post- phlebitis syndrome, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), reversible lymphedema, venous ulcers, post-surgery, orthostatic hypotension.

What do medical compression stockings treat?2019-03-11T16:14:32-04:00

The compression garments help minimize and control swelling and pain, and are designed to treat a wide variety of vein disorders such as: lymphedema, edema, leg swellingvenous insufficiency, varicose veins, diabetes, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), prevention of venous ulcers, etc.

How can I get medical compression stockings?2019-03-11T16:13:44-04:00

Consult with your primary care provider, physician or vascular specialist – they can prescribe necessary compression garment for you. Compression garments are usually sold at medical supply stores, clinics and some pharmacies. It is highly recommended to see a Certified Compression Garments Fitter when buying your compression garment – they will properly measure you, determine the right size and suggest the choice of garments to best fit your lifestyle and preferences.

Why do you need medical compression stockings?2019-03-11T16:13:02-04:00

Compression garments provide external support to vein walls and work in conjunction with the calf muscle pump. They help minimize and control swelling and leg pain, increase blood flow velocity, counteract raised venous pressure, preventing edema and venous hypertension. If you stand for long hours every day, sit for extended hours, or face surgical-recovery period, compression stockings can alleviate pain and make your everyday life quite comfortable and relaxed. Unless otherwise instructed by a medical professional, stockings should be worn during the day, while you are active.

What are the medical compression stockings?2019-03-11T16:11:24-04:00