Lymphedema is the swelling caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid in tissue. Lymphedema can be present in almost any part of the human body, including your arms, hands, legs and feet. Compression stockings are an important part of managing lymphedema and thus choosing the right kind of compression stocking is very important.
Before choosing a compression stocking, it's important to know what level of compression you should wear. Lymphedema is different in every patient, so always consult your doctor or healthcare professional for information about your own health. The swelling that is lymphedema is usually pretty strong, and thus stronger levels of compression and fabrics with more containment are recommended.
The following are some compression stockings recommended for managing lymphedema.
The Juzo Varin compression stockings are available in 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mmHg, and 40-50 mmHg levels of compression and knee high, thigh high and waist high styles. The Juzo Varin fabric is a strong circular knit compression stocking that provides adequate containment when lymphedema causes legs and feet to swell.
Healthcare professionals recommend the Juzo Varin because the fabric is strong enough to contain swelling and it's available in higher levels of medical compression. The Juzo Varin is also available in a wide range of sizes for easy sizing. The Juzo Varin fabric is latex free for sensitive patients.
The Mediven Plus compression stockings are designed for patients who need a stronger level of compression. The Mediven Plus is appropriate for lymphedema because the Plus fabric has stronger containment qualities and is available in a wide range of styles and sizing options.
The Mediven Plus compression stocking is also offered in a Men's Leotard style with open toe foot option and a fly. The Mediven Plus fabric is latex free for sensitive patients.
The Sigvaris Natural Rubber 500 series is a strong compression garment made with a natural rubber core. The unique Natural Rubber 500 series fabric provides enhanced strength for containing lymphedema and durability in higher levels of compression. Available in an open toe style, the Sigvaris Natural Rubber 500 series is available in knee highs and thigh highs. Caution: This product contains Latex and is not recommend for patients with Latex or Natural Rubber allergies.
Juzo, Mediven and Sigvaris manufacture durable and medically accurate compression stockings for lymphedema. Lymphedema patients should measure their legs often and track their sizing. Maintaining a proper fit for compression stockings is very important because it ensures that your legs are getting the right kind of support. The main difference between these product is how they size. Check the sizing charts for each of these different products. Patients will find that they might fit better into one brand over the other.
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