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Patient Story - Shoes and Lymphedema: How to make shopping less stressful.

Lower Extremity(LE) Lymphedema is found primarily in women. Unfortunately, also primarily for women, are plenty of shoe choices that no longer work if you are a lymphie. Shoe shopping can be one of the most frustrating, anxiety-provoking, humiliating experiences if you are someone with LE Lymphedema. Especially if you, like me, struggle with the most swelling in your foot and ankle. We all know that when we find a good pair of shoes we wear them until they barely resemble a shoe anymore. Finding dress shoes is like finding Cinderella’s left heel, and finding shoes that you not only squeeze into but are comfortable all day without burning pain? Basically impossible. Luckily for us lymphie ladies out there, fashion trends...

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Managing Lymphedema (Lymphoedema) at the End of Life

Edema at the end of life usually accompanies a terminal illness and can be very distressing to patients, their families, and health care professionals. However, adapted treatment enables caregivers to provide relief from symptoms and permit the individual to live as actively and independently as possible until death.
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Seven Reasons Every Nurse Should Invest in Support Socks

As a nurse, you’re on your feet a good majority of your shift, so you know that anything you can do in the foot relief category is super important. After all, studies show that professionals who stand or walk all day are at a greater risk greater of prolonged discomfort and aches and pains all over the body, especially in the lower limbs. One of the best ways you can provide essential support to your legs and feet is to wear support socks beneath your scrubs while you’re on your feet and after you’ve clocked out. These special socks provide slight compression to boost blood flow and ease aching legs, so they’re a popular accessory among nurses and others in...

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6 Health Benefits from Using a Leg Elevation Pillow

You know that it feels good to put your feet up at the end of the day, but do you know why? Well, it’s not just in your head. Elevating your legs can promote better circulation, reduce swelling and offer many more benefits. Here are six reasons you should start elevating your legs: 1. Encourage Better Circulation Gravity is super important for life as we know it, but it can adversely impact your extremities. Gravity constantly pulls down on your blood, impeding its flow. If your blood vessels and valves are already compromised, gravity can cause blood to pool in your lower body, reducing your circulation. Elevating your legs helps reverse this process, encouraging the blood to flow back towards...

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Wearing Compression Stockings After Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

If you’ve got a major surgery coming up, especially if that surgery affects your lower leg, your doctor may recommend wearing compression stockings after surgery to help boost your recovery. In fact, graduated compression stockings offer six distinct benefits for post-surgery patients, from reducing swelling to protecting against DVT. A caveat before we break down these six advantages: No matter how beneficial compression stockings are, you should not wear them after surgery without the explicit instruction of your doctor. If you think you might benefit from wearing compression stockings after surgery, but your doctor hasn’t prescribed them, talk to them before you decide to get yourself some. 1. Promotes Circulation Doctors often recommend that you restrict your movements after surgery, so the...

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