One of our very good customers sent us a letter the other day that we would like to share with you. She expressed what we have been telling our clients for a very long time. What a difference support hose can make in a person’s life! ….. Vanda
If I had just one piece of advice to give those who have extreme swelling in the lower limbs, it would be this – wear compression stockings and keep yourself and your loved ones out of wound care!
We always thought my husband had big legs. Little did we know that his legs were simply swollen from lack of proper circulation. It took 4 different doctors until we finally found one who took one look at his legs and diagnosed Venous Stasis Dermatitis as the cause for his dryness and swelling. We didn’t know what this meant. That doctor suggested my husband wear compression socks to rid his legs of the excess fluids, which, she said, would rid him of his Stasis Dermatitis. So, to the Internet I went.
What I learned was this – whatever the cause, and there are many – if we did not get the swelling down quickly, we were looking at months of wound debridement and possible infections that would not be easily treated. We searched and searched for the right compression socks, pharmacies, local health care dealers. The first socks we bought were a diabetic sock, which is a great sock, but we soon found these did not have the proper compression to help my husband. Within a few weeks, we noticed a wound that would not heal, just a few inches above his ankle on his left leg. We were referred to the wound care center.
What followed were several months of compression wrapping and debridement (scraping) of his wound. Nightly wound dressing and morning re-dressing is what we had in store for us for the next few months.
When we finally found the correct compression hose, 30-40mmHg, and found someone who would properly explain to us how to put them on, we were absolutely shocked to find that after wearing them daily for three weeks, my husband’s legs were not only NOT big, but were almost svelte.
I am a firm believer in these garments! Almost a year later he has graduated into a lower compression garment, 20-30mmHg, and does not go one day without wearing them. His overall health has gotten so much better as well.
Wear your stockings! Don’t just think a water pill will be the only answer! Compression is necessary because of the way we were all made. Our valves in our veins are one-way only, and when they do not work properly, we must force them.
Do yourselves a favor – size your stockings correctly, wear the right compression, and do not go a day without them. You will be surprised at how quickly and effectively compression socks work!
We are so very thankful to the good people at Support Hose Store! Without them, I shudder to think what would have happened to my husband’s legs! Thank you Rod and Vanda.