Pneumatic Compression Boots

Written by Zachary Zerries
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Pneumatic compression boots have become an increasingly popular means of treating those who suffer from extreme swelling in the lower limbs. Rather than spend hours getting lymphatic massages, the patient can simply slip on the boot and let the pump do all the work. Some people even purchase pneumatic compression boots of their very own so that they can receive treatment in the comfort of their own home.

Some Basic Information on Pneumatic Compression Boots

Pneumatic compression boots are all the rage for those who have abnormal swelling in the leg or foot. If the swelling is due to some sort of venous disorder (lymphedema, for example), the compression boot is a simple solution. This is not to say, however, that the boot alone is enough to cure the problem--it is simply another treatment that will help you on your way to recovery or daily maintenance.

Pneumatic compression boots are basically inflatable garments that are wired throughout and hooked up to an electrical device. Once the boot is on and the levels are set, the boot inflates and deflates according to a set number of times and pressures. It's important to get a professional's advice on what levels to use when setting up your treatment--you don't want to apply too much or too little pressure as that could cause serious damage.

As stated above, don't think that a pneumatic compression boot will solve all your swelling problems. If you have a serious venous ulcer, you'll also need to employ moist wound care to cure the trouble. If you have chronic lymphedema, you should also do remedial exercises and wear compression garments throughout your day.


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