Can I bandage my leg if it is swollen

Elastic bandaging is one of the mostold, and at the same time effective methods of treating varicose veins. Correctly applied elastic bandage eliminates the symptoms of varicose veins, such as swelling, pain, feeling of heaviness and bursting in the calves. In the treatment of trophic ulcers and pronounced edema, bandaging plays a key role.

At the same time, many patients and even honey. staff often make mistakes, banding wrong. Therefore, elastic bandaging has been used lately less often than compression knitwear.

Bandage is necessary, starting with the foot. If the foot is left open, the elastic bandage applied above will act as a constriction - the stop can become swollen.

The most frequent mistake is a bandage onlysite where there are varicose veins. It is necessary to bandage the entire leg, starting from the bottom, from the foot. The first coil should be placed at the base of the fingers, leaving them open.

The heel must be covered with a flexible bandage.

Another common mistake when leaving a heelopen. The fact is that in this area, a little below the inner ankle, very often located a powerful venous network, which is often dilated in varicose veins. I must say that the venous pressure in this zone is maximal. With advanced venous insufficiency, trophic ulcers appear very often here. Therefore, the heel should be tightly bandaged. You can put a bandage eight, closing the heel and ankle, however, for simplicity, I recommend to bandage in a spiral, so that one of the turns was exactly on the middle of the heel, the bandage will hold better.

When bandaging, you need to create pressure gradient, that is, the pressure difference: more densely at the bottom in the foot area, gradually weakening the pressure in the upward direction, to the groin.

In the region of the foot and in the lower third of the leg II recommend to bandage so that each next turn overlaps the previous one by 2/3. In the lower third of the shin, you can even bandage the herringbone. Above, it is recommended to bandage so that each next turn overlaps the previous one by 1/2. The tension in the foot area and in the lower third of the shin should be maximal, in the region of the shin and knee joint - slightly smaller, and in the thigh area insignificant. Do not over tighten the bandage, you should feel a fairly tight pressure at rest, however, after a short walk the discomfort should completely pass.

Up to what level to bandage?

Quite often it is possible to meet the recommendation thatTo bandage it is necessary on 5-10 centimeters above the amazed site of a vein. However, independently, without ultrasound, you can not determine which part of the vein is affected. In addition, very often the vein is struck from the groin itself, but outwardly it is not noticeable. In addition, the bandage is applied not only for varicose veins, but also for lymphostasis, postthrombotic disease, deep vein thrombosis, when the leading symptom is not the expansion of veins, but edema. Therefore, I recommend to bandage either to the knee, or to the middle third of the thigh, or to the groin.

If you only bandage the shin, the last turnIt should be applied just below the knee joint, where the shin tapers slightly. This bandage will be better kept. At the knee level, the bandage should not be finished, it is better to take a second bandage and continue bandaging to the thigh level.

This video shows how to correctly bandage the foot and ankle joint, however, with varicose veins, it is better to bandage your leg to the knee or continue on the thigh.