Intended for healthcare professionals

Prescribing for chronic oedema of the lower limb

The right type of well-fitting compression hosiery is vital for patients who need to wear compression garments. Of course, the patient’s preference is important and the garments ought to be relatively easy to apply. The size and shape of some patients’ limbs make them unsuitable candidates for hosiery. For these patients, a course of intensive treatment with multilayer bandaging (MLB) can bring about the necessary improvements in the limb, after which appropriate hosiery can be fitted. I hope in the following pages to give an overview of some of the options available to address lower limb oedema.
Dermatology in practice 2004; 12(2): 23–24
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