What Is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a chronic condition that can occur in the body due to the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the tissues. This condition is most often seen in arms and legs but can also occur in other body parts.
The lymphatic system is responsible for draining excess fluid from tissues, transporting white blood cells, and helping the immune system function properly. Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is compromised, leading to the swelling of the affected body part.
Lymphedema is a condition that cannot be cured, but proper treatment can ease the symptoms and help with pain management. To prevent the symptoms of the disease from growing, you can also start using lymphedema compression garments as suggested by your healthcare provider.
Why Choose Sigvaris Stockings For Lymphedema Management?
Compression garments are an essential part of the management of lymphedema. Garments such as lymphedema compression stockings, compression arm sleeves, and compression wraps are designed to apply graduated compression to the affected limb, which can improve lymphatic fluid flow and reduce swelling.
It is imperative to consult with a medical professional prior to wearing lymphedema compression stockings. By seeking professional guidance, you can ensure that you receive appropriate compression garments tailored to your condition, facilitating effective management.
Sigvaris stockings, arm sleeves, and wraps are scientifically designed to improve the movement of lymph fluid through the lymph vessels and reduce fluid build-up in the tissues. It also helps reduce and control swelling, which can help the affected limb feel more comfortable and functional. Lymphedema compression garments from Sigvaris also assist in minimizing the risk of skin changes, tissue damage, and the progression of lymphedema.
High-Quality Lymphedema Stockings For Daily Use
- Sigvaris Compreflex – Calf Wrap: Sigvaris Compreflex calf warp is an adjustable compression wrap for the calf. Crafted from a durable, breathable material known as Breathe-O-Prene, it ensures that your legs stay cool and comfortable all day long. The wrap is contoured at the calf for proper fit and pressure, promoting healthy circulation and reducing swelling. This lymphedema compression garment is made with velcro straps, making it easy to wear and take off.
- Sigvaris Compreboot: Sigvaris Compreboot foot wrap can be combined with the Compreflex calf wrap to provide additional compression to the foot, making it ideal for those suffering from lymphedema, lipedema, and venous leg ulcers. These lymphedema socks or foot wrap are made of neoprene material and have a four-way stretch for a comfortable fit.
- Sigvaris Compreflex – Knee wrap: Sigvaris Compreflex knee wrap can be combined with the calf wrap for above-knee or mid-thigh graduated compression. The stretch panel in front of the patella secures the garment in place. With the help of an AccuTab Device, you can set the compression level to class 1, 2, or 3.
- Sigvaris Compreflex – Thigh Wrap: Sigvaris Compreflex Thigh Wrap is an adjustable compression wrap for the thigh. This wrap can be combined with the Compreflex calf and knee wrap to provide full-leg graduated compression. The belt and hip attachment are included to ensure a comfortable fit and help secure the garment in place.
- Sigvaris Traditional Arm Sleeves: Compression arm sleeves are used to prevent, treat, and care for lymphedema in the upper limbs. Sigvaris arm sleeves are available in 2 fabric options:
1. Sigvaris Traditional Arm Sleeve: Made with natural rubber blended material, garments in this range are highly durable and offer pressure stability throughout the day. They offer graduated compression in Class 2 (23-32 mmHg) grade.
2. Sigvaris Advance Arm Sleeves: This range is made with thermoregulating modal viscose material, which is similar to cotton but with improved moisture absorption from the skin. The soft texture makes it extremely comfortable to wear even with highly sensitive skin. This range is available in 14-18 mmHg and 20-25 mmHg compression options.
Preventative Measures For Lymphedema
- Compression Stockings: Opting for lymphedema compression stockings is the most effective choice for preventing and halting your condition’s progression. These stockings actively encourage efficient lymphatic drainage by applying pressure, ensuring a smooth flow of lymph fluid. This also helps alleviate patient symptoms when combined with appropriate exercise.
- Exercising: Controlled, gentle exercise or even basic movement throughout the day can improve lymphatic flow and muscle pumping, aiding in the prevention and management of lymphedema. Consult your doctor for guidance on which exercises are right for your needs.
- Elevating Affected Areas: Your doctor may recommend elevation of the affected limb above the level of your heart to enhance lymph flow and reduce swelling. However, this preventive measure is only effective in earlier stages.
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): MLD is a specialized massage technique performed by trained therapists. It helps stimulate lymphatic flow, clear blockages, and reduce swelling in the affected area.
- Avoid Extreme Conditions: It is suggested that along with exercising and wearing lymphoedema stockings, you must avoid being in places with very high temperatures. Always keep yourself at average room temperature with good air circulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if lymphedema stockings are working?
Once you start wearing lymphedema socks, you will notice improvements almost immediately. A reduction in swelling may be the first sign of your stockings working.
Pay attention to how your leg or affected area feels. You should experience relief from discomfort, pain, or any heavy sensation. Some individuals also report improved mobility and flexibility.
Are there any side effects of wearing lymphedema stockings?
There are no major side effects of wearing lymphedema stockings. In some cases, when patients wear an ill-fitted pair of compression stockings, they can experience poor blood circulation. Hence it is advised to consult a doctor or certified fitter before wearing these stockings.
Can lymphedema stockings be worn by children?
Children above the age of 2 or 3 can wear lymphedema stockings that are prescribed by a healthcare provider.
Can I wear lymphedema stockings with other compression garments?
While it is advisable to consult a healthcare provider for an accurate description of the appropriate compression treatment for your specific condition, you do have the flexibility to alternate between compression garments, such as stockings and wraps, if it enhances your compliance and comfort.
Can lymphedema stockings help with varicose veins?
Yes, lymphedema stockings can help with varicose veins. This is because lymphedema socks and varicose veins stockings scientifically work on the same principle of applying graduated compression to the leg. You must consult your doctor regarding the compression grade that the stockings provide. Typically, doctors prescribe class 3 compression for lymphedema and class 2 compression for moderate varicose veins.