Livia De Los Rios

Livia De Los Rios

Livia De Los Rios is president and CEO of Allied Medical Supply located at 424 S. Main St., Suite M in Orange. She can be reached by calling (714) 935-9200 or visit www.AlliedMedical.net

The word “lymphedema” means swelling (edema) that results from the pooling of too much lymph fluid in areas of the body. This swelling occurs most often in the arms and legs, but it can also affect the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. It is estimated that 5 million Americans suffer from lymphedema – resulting from cancer treatment - or other risk factors, including genetics, being overweight or obese and other health problems like heart or circulation issues.

Lymphedema can be complicated to treat, which is why you should see your medical professional for appropriate options as there are many variables, techniques and specialized treatments for lymphedema.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

The most common procedure for managing lymphedema is called Complex or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

CDT has two phases: phase l, reduction and phase ll, maintenance, each consisting of four elements. All the elements have specific contributions and can only be effective if applied together. The four elements of CDT are:

  • Skin Care
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression therapy
  • Exercise therapy

Short stretch bandaging is used in the reduction phase. Once the swelling is reduced and stabilized, the limb can then be fitted for a special compression garment, such as the FarrowWrap® OTS Arm for extremity edema/lymphedema and the FarrowWrap® 4000 compression leg piece. These garments will help control your condition.

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The lymphatic system delivers nutrients to body tissues and removes waste products. It operates similarly to the circulatory system but is a separate system.

While the circulatory system relies on the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic system relies on routine movement of the muscles and joints to push lymph fluid through the body. If a section of the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged, normal drainage may be slowed or stopped, resulting in swelling or lymphedema.

fwleg40001 1The word “lymphedema” means swelling (edema) that re- sults from the pooling of too much lymph fluid in areas of the body. This swelling occurs most often in the arms and legs, but it can also affect the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. It is estimated that 5 million Americans suf- fer from lymphedema – resulting from cancer treatment - or other risk factors, in- cluding genetics, being overweight or obese and other health problems like heart or circu- lation issues.

Lymphedema can be complicated to treat, which is why you should see your medical professional for appropriate options as there are many variables, techniques and specialized treatments for lymphedema.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

The most common procedure for managing lymphedema is called Complex or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

CDT has two phases: phase l, reduction and phase ll, maintenance, each consisting of four elements. All the elements have specific contributions and can only be effective if applied together. The four elements of CDT are:

  • Skin Care
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression therapy
  • Exercise therapy

What Else Can You Do About Your Lymphedema?

The following recommendations apply only to the area of your body affected by lymphedema.

  • Keep the affected area very clean.
  • Avoid injuries to the skin that can lead to infection, such as scratches or bites from pets or bites or stings from insects.
  • Avoid other activities that can cause more exten- sive trauma to the delicate lymphatic vessels, such as excessive strain during ex- ercise, restriction of blood and lymph circulation by blood pressure cuffs, tight bra straps, waist bands, etc.
  • Avoid temperature ex- tremes that can stress the lymphatic system.

Short stretch bandaging is used in the reduction phase. Once the swelling is reduced and stabilized, the limb can then be fitted for a special compression garment, such as the FarrowWrap® OTS Arm for extremity edema/lymphedema and the FarrowWrap® 4000 compression leg piece. These garments will help control your condition.

Livia De Los Rios is president and CEO of Allied Medical Supply located at 424 S. Main St., Suite M in Orange. She can be reached by calling (714) 935-9200 or visit www.AlliedMedical.net

The lymphatic system delivers nutrients to body tissues and removes waste products. It operates similarly to the circulatory system but is a separate system.

fwleg40001 1While the circulatory system relies on the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic system relies on routine movement of the muscles and joints to push lymph fluid through the body. If a section of the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged, normal drainage may be slowed or stopped, resulting in swelling or lymphedema.

What Else Can You Do About Your Lymphedema?

The following recommendations apply only to the area of your body affected by lymphedema.

  • Keep the affected area very clean.
  • Avoid injuries to the skin that can lead to infection, such as scratches or bites from pets or bites or stings from insects.
  • Avoid other activities that can cause more exten- sive trauma to the delicate lymphatic vessels, such as excessive strain during ex- ercise, restriction of blood and lymph circulation by blood pressure cuffs, tight bra straps, waist bands, etc.
  • Avoid temperature ex- tremes that can stress the lymphatic system.

zzzThe word “lymphedema” means swelling (edema) that re- sults from the pooling of too much lymph fluid in areas of the body. This swelling occurs most often in the arms and legs, but it can also affect the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. It is estimated that 5 million Americans suf- fer from lymphedema – resulting from cancer treatment - or other risk factors, in- cluding genetics, being overweight or obese and other health problems like heart or circu- lation issues.

Lymphedema can be complicated to treat, which is why you should see your medical professional for appropriate options as there are many variables, techniques and specialized treatments for lymphedema.

TREATMENT OPTIONS
The most common procedure for managing lymphedema is called Complex or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

CDT has two phases: phase l, reduction and phase ll, maintenance, each consisting of four elements. All the elements have specific contributions and can only be effective if applied together. The four elements of CDT are:

  • Skin Care
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression therapy
  • Exercise therapy

Short stretch bandaging is used in the reduction phase. Once the swelling is reduced and stabilized, the limb can then be fitted for a special compression garment, such as the FarrowWrap® OTS Arm for extremity edema/lymphedema and the FarrowWrap® 4000 compression leg piece. These garments will help control your condition.

sensifootThe primary purpose of diabetic socks is to keep your feet dry, decrease your risk for foot injury and avoid preventing or slowing blood circulation. The difference between diabetic socks and regular cotton socks is that they are usually are made of materials that wick away moisture, are fitted, padded and are non-binding.

Because people with diabetes are at higher risk of foot injuries and infection due to damage to their circulatory and nervous systems caused by high blood sugar levels, they would benefit from wearing diabetic socks.

sensifoot2Nerve damage, or neuropathy, decreases sensation and increases risk of injury, particularly on the bottom of the feet and can also cause people with diabetes to be unaware of an injury and delay treatment. Circulatory problems also make it harder for wounds to heal.

For these reasons and more, proper foot care is critically important for people with diabetes and diabetic socks are designed with these specific issues in mind.

 

 

Care Tips

  • Look at and touch your feet everyday
  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Cut or file toenails with the shape of the toe, smoothing all sharp edges
  • Moisturize dry skin with a lotion
  • Avoid injury to the feet. Have corns, calluses or ingrown toenails treated by a professional
  • Wear well-fitting, soft leather or fabric shoes
  • Check shoes daily for cracks, pebbles, or other things that might damage your feet
  • Get your blood glucose under control
  • Wear well-fitting socks, without a thick toe seam, made of material that wicks moisture away from skin

Be aware of:

  • Changes in skin color or temperature
  • Swelling in the foot or ankle
  • Pain in the legs
  • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
  • Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus
  • Corns/calluses/bunions
  • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel

If you have a foot problem that is slow to go away or continues to get worse, contact a healthcare professional immediately.

Learn what to look for in diabetic socks.

Diabetes is a chronic illness that can require lifelong treatment and care. If you have diabetes, you’re at risk of developing serious complications like foot infections and neuropathy (nerve damage) – the most common of which affect the nerves in the feet.

Good, consistent diabetic foot care – including choosing appropriate diabetic socks - is essential to avoid amputation of the toes, feet, or even the entire leg below the knee.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include:

  • sharp pains in the feet that are worse at night
  • tingling or burning sensations in the feet and toes
  • foot deformities and ulcers
  • numbness in the feet and toes

If you have diabetic neuropathy and lose feeling in your feet, it’s possible to get injured and never feel it. For example, if you had a small rock stuck in your shoe, it might rub against your foot and results in a small ulcer. If you don’t routinely check your feet for injuries, they could get worse and become infected.

Proper diabetic foot care involves checking your feet for injuries and infections. It can also mean wearing the right shoes and diabetic socks, like Jobst® SensiFootTM

Proper diabetic foot care involves checking your feet for injuries and infections. It can also mean wearing the right shoes and diabetic socks, like Jobst® SensiFootTM

Diabetic socks

Socks for people with diabetes are designed to minimize foot injuries and keep feet warm and dry. While there are different types on the market, they typically share many of the same general characteristics – they are seamless, moisture-wicking and breathable (to keep feet dry to prevent infections), fitted and square-toed.

Seams can rub against your skin and cause blisters or ulcers so most diabetic socks are made without them. Many diabetic socks are fitted to the foot and leg to keep loose fabric from rubbing against the skin.

If you don’t have neuropathy, select the socks that are the most comfortable. Conversely, if you have neuropathy to the point where you have numbness in your feet or toes, you should consider wearing fitted socks so there’s no loose fabric to bunch up and rub against your skin. Having said that, if you have poor circulation – be aware that limited blood flow to your feet can make diabetic foot injuries worse and slow the healing of wounds.

Benefits of Quality Medical Compression Garments

The lymphatic system delivers nutrients to body tissues and removes waste products. It operates similarly to the circulatory system but is a separate system.

While the circulatory system relies on the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymphatic system relies on routine movement of the muscles and joints to push lymph fluid through the body. If a section of the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged, normal drainage may be slowed or stopped, resulting in swelling or lymphedema.

The word “lymphedema” means swelling (edema) that results from the pooling of too much lymph fluid in areas of the body. This swelling occurs most often in the arms and legs, but it can also affect the face, neck, abdomen, or genitals. It is estimated that 5 million Americans suffer from lymphedema – resulting from cancer treatment or other risk factors, including genetics, being overweight or obese and other health problems like heart or circulation issues.

Lymphedema can be complicated to treat, which is why you should see your medical professional for appropriate options as there are many variables, techniques and specialized treatments for lymphedema.

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Treatment options

The most common procedure for managing lymphedema is called Complex or Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

CDT has two phases: phase l, reduction and phase ll, maintenance, each consisting of four elements. All the elements have specific contributions and can only be effective if applied together. The four elements of CDT are:

  • Skin Care
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression therapy
  • Exercise therapy

Short stretch bandaging is used in the reduction phase. Once the swelling is reduced and stabilized, the limb can then be fitted for a special compression garment, such as the JOBST Elvarex® or Elvarex® Soft. These garments will help control your condition.

What Else Can You Do About Your Lymphedema?

The following recommendations apply only to the area of your body affected by lymphedema.

  • Keep the affected area very clean
  • Avoid injuries to the skin that can lead to infection, such as scratches or bites from pets or bites or stings from insects.
  • Avoid other activities that can cause more extensive trauma to the delicate lymphatic vessels, such as excessive strain during exercise, restriction of blood and lymph circulation by blood pressure cuffs, tight bra straps, waist bands, etc.
  • Avoid temperature extremes that can stress the lymphatic system

Medical compression stockings and socks are a travel essential

Many people travel long distances and have to remain seated for two or three hours or even longer. They might not think much of it, but when movement is constrained, the blood circulation in the legs is restricted. This can contribute to heavy legs, leg pain and swollen feet and ankles.

Prolonged sitting is also a major risk factor for the development of phlebitis and Deep-vein Thrombosis (DVT). Deep-vein Thrombosis involves the formation of blood clots (thrombi) in the deep leg veins during prolonged inactivity. In some cases, blood clots can migrate to the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism.

Travel SocksWhen seated without moving for a few hours – whether by plane, train or automobile - the risk of DVT could be four times higher and can happen to anyone during travel, regardless of age, weight or lifestyle.

JOBST™ medical compression stockings and socks are a simple and comfortable way to help avoid heavy, tired and achy legs and the swelling of feet and ankles.

Unlike the products available at your local drugstore, JOBST™ medical compression stockings and socks are recommended by physicians for their clinically proven gradient compression benefit. Medical compression products reduce swelling and helps prevent the pooling of fluid in the venous or lymph systems. The stylish cotton blend dress socks and compression hose available today increase tissue pressure to help balance the flow of fluid across the capillaries of the limb.

 

Tips to reducing the discomfort and risks associated with prolonged inactivity:

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Drink plenty of fluids (avoid alcohol)
  • Stand up and stretch several times during travel
  • Wear gradient compression legwear

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