Medical compression therapy consists of applying a type of elastic device, mainly on the limbs, to exert a controlled pressure on them. By compressing the limbs or other body regions, the medical compression device squeezes the vein walls together, thereby improving overall circulation and supporting blood flow back towards the heart.
In addition, it helps to reduce swelling and formation of edema in edematous tissues by reducing the capillary leakage into the tissue and supports the lymphatic drainage of interstitial fluid. Medical compression provides significant relief of leg aching, pain, the feeling of swelling and heaviness, and other venous and lymphatic symptoms.
Different materials, forms, and styles available
Medical compression can be applied in different pressure degrees, forms, and styles and materials based on the symptoms and needs of individuals. Round- and flat-knitted garments (stockings, leggings, shorts, tights, pantyhose, arm sleeves, gloves, etc.), wraps, and bandages are available.
The controlled pressure exerted by medical compression stockings reduces the diameter of major veins, thereby increasing the velocity and volume of blood flow. Consequently, medical compression improves blood transport from the extremities towards the heart, reduces blood reflux and stagnation, and provides better drainage of the deep venous system, which all helps to increase and therefore improve the circulatory rate.
Effect on edematous tissue
Under medical compression, the balance in blood exchange is improved by reducing capillary leakage of fluid in the interstitial tissue. This leads to a better reduction of edema. A beneficial massaging effect of certain medical compression textiles, leading to a softening of hardened or fibrotic tissue, has been reported.
Source: Sigvaris Canada
Custom orthotics are made specifically for YOUR individual needs, to address your unique biomechanical inefficiencies, foot pain, injuries, etc. They are constructed after a detailed clinical assessment is performed by a Chiropodist or Podiatrist.
Orthotics will not permanently change the structure of your foot but they will correct how your feet and, by extension, your ankles, knees, and hips function, thereby providing significant relief. In some cases, orthotics can prevent or delay the progression of certain painful conditions, thereby decreasing pain. Some examples are plantar fasciitis, flat feet (overpronation), bunions, corns and calluses. Orthotics can also help alleviate knee, hip and back pain.
Orthotics last for different lengths of time based on the following criteria:
- How often you wear them
- Your weight
- Type of activities (E.g. High impact vs low impact)
- Care of orthotics
We recommend that you book a consultation with your Chiropodist or Podiatrist once a year, to assess your orthotics and to discuss any changes in your foot condition or lifestyle.
Custom Bracing at our clinic, we offer a wide range of custom and off-the-shelf bracing options for many orthopaedic conditions.
Bracing is generally considered a conservative treatment option which may enhance your return to activity. Not just for injured athletes, custom bracing can provide a level of protection not found in their sport without using the athlete employing personal custom bracing. We have selected premium quality custom products from companies like Sporlastics.