Friday, April 23, 2010
Battle of the Bulge
My leg has improved considerably since I started bandaging my leg but I have these two extremely annoying problem areas that are more stubborn than I am...My knee and ankle are just not fans of getting smaller. My calf and thigh will be practically the same size as my other leg but there are these odd bulges in my knee and ankle. There are lymph nodes in both those areas so possibly that is why those two spots are the worst.
My occupational therapist suggested I get creative with the foam padding and make shapes to help the swelling in the problem areas. It sounds bizarre but it actually works. I have two foam shapes that I place on my knee and ankle prior to wrapping. I place the foam over the stockinette though because it can be a bit irritating on bare skin.
Oddly, this condition requires some creativity. Try out different shapes and ideas with the foam to help with your swelling. Also, there are some stockinettes that have mild compression built into them. They can be a bit too tight on the upper thighs but I wear it over the foam padding and that seems to work also. My knee went from looking like a bagel to being able to see my knee cap! I need to figure out where to get some of these supplies so I will post places once I get more research done on pricing and where to buy.