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How important could it be for my mother to wear tight socks for her peripheral edema in her feet and ankles?

How important could it be for my mother to wear tight socks for her peripheral edema in her feet and ankles?

Prevention: If edema has been identified to where compression stockings have been recommended, then they should be used daily to help prevent complications related to edema. The proper sizing and fitting of those garments is very important for both comfort and to ensure that they are supplying the correct amount of recommended compression. Hose will control, not cure the edema--they must be used daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Pitted edema both legs, no DVT should I wear support stockings all times, & are calf only supp. Compression sleeves as good as toe to upper calf sock?

Pitted edema both legs, no DVT  should I wear support stockings all times, & are calf only supp. Compression sleeves as good as toe to upper calf sock?

Calf high works well: The calf muscles act as the main leg circulation pumps so calf compression stockings may work nearly as well as thigh high supports. The other consideration is what strength: consider 30-40 mmhg compression stockings, but recent studies show 20-30 mmhg may work nearly as well, and are easier to put on and take off. Since results vary, consider experimenting with different stocking types. ...Read more

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Severe pitted edema to knee/ no ankles. feet red.BP 119/85 pulse 95 lasix (furosemide) and compression socks not helping. have rash that wont go away, fatigue?

Severe pitted edema  to knee/ no ankles. feet red.BP 119/85 pulse 95 lasix (furosemide) and compression socks not helping. have rash that wont go away, fatigue?

See Doc: Your symptoms are worrisome. Get your kidney function and heart checked out. Are you short of breath? Lasix (furosemide) is not always wise to use just to remove fluid. Your doctor must find out what is causing the edema. Sometimes medicines can cause your symptoms. The rash could be many things including autoimmune diseases that can affect your kidneys. See doctor ASAP to check kidneys, heart, etc ...Read more

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Are 30-40mg compression socks supposed to help with swelling? Because they have not helped in that regard.

Are 30-40mg compression socks supposed to help with swelling? Because they have not helped in that regard.

Yes.: They are supposed to help. BUT they are just one component of therapy. You may need additional meds / elevation / salt restriction depending upon your clinical condition. ...Read more

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I can barely stand up: severe lower right back pain, with swelling in middle of back next to spine--started when I was standing putting on sock?

I can barely stand up: severe lower right back pain, with swelling in middle of back next to spine--started when I was standing putting on sock?

Muscle pull, disc: This is most likely muscle and would ice the back if it recent and later heat. Other causes such as sciatica caused by a slipped disc, nerve injury, bone injury all will need evaluation. See your physicain and if necessary see a specialist like a rheumatologist depending on the differential. ...Read more

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If I have CVI below knee wouldn't 30-40 compression socks + elevation reduce some of the swelling? Neither helps in the slightest.

If I have CVI below knee wouldn't 30-40 compression socks + elevation reduce some of the swelling? Neither helps in the slightest.

Unclear: CVI is the venous insufficiency or cardiovascular insufficiency. Depends on the type of condition as to the treatment. If this is for venous insufficiency you should see a vascular surgeon who might be able to help you the most. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I am 19 yrs old and last year i had a dvt.Will my swelling go away and when will i stop wearing compression socks?

Possibly never: If you had a DVT a year ago and continue to have swelling due to damage to the deep vein valves, you may have to wear compression hose for the forseeable future. There currently is no technology or treatment that can restore deep vein valve function, although many teams are working on the problem. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more