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Controlling Swelling with Compression Stockings

What are compression stockings? Compression stockings are made to help control swelling in the feet, ankles and lower legs. Benefits of compression stockings include helping to squeeze these areas to prevent the buildup of fluid in the tissue. This buildup of fluid can be very painful. There are many different levels of compression in these…

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Management of Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is caused by veins in the legs that do not work right. This means that fluid can build up in your lower legs. It makes your legs swell. It can stretch the skin like an oversized balloon. The skin can break open and a wound can form. Your skin color can darken. Your…

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Nutrition Is a Very Important Part of Wound Healing

Eating the right foods can help your wound heal. To heal your wound, your body will need to use more calories. Your body will need protein. It will use Vitamin A and C, and sometimes the mineral Zinc. It is important you eat a variety of foods that have the needed nutrition for wound healing. ChooseMyPlate.gov is…

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Exercise Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

We all can think of reasons not to exercise…no time, boring, hate to sweat…you know the excuses. But exercising to heal can really pay off in control of your blood sugar, if you are diabetic. It improves your heart, muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Exercise can lower cholesterol level, provide more energy, and even give…

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Peripheral Arterial Disease and Related Ulcers

What is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)? Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels in the legs. Blood flow to your feet and legs is decreased. This decreased blood flow affects the health of your skin on your feet and legs. It can also be the reason a foot ulcer…

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

HBOT is used to treat some medical conditions. The treatment takes place in a chamber that you can see out of. Your doctor will evaluate your wound and decide if hyperbaric wound care is for you.

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Controlling Swelling with Multi-layered Compression Wraps

Multi-layered compression wraps are made to reduce and control the swelling, or edema, in your legs and keep it from coming back. They are made of different materials and may be two, three or four layers. Your doctor will decide which one is best for you. Usually compression wraps for edema stays on for a…

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Caring for Your Ulcers

Healthy skin is a natural barrier that prevents infection. A break in your skin makes it possible for germs to enter your body. Covering your wound will help to keep it clean and heal faster. What Will Your Nurse Show You? How to take care of your dressing When and how to change your dressing…

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