There are many causes for swollen feet, some more serious than others. While there are many different treatments available the best compression boots for swollen legs can help you if your legs are tired or if they are swollen.
What causes swollen legs?
The main cause of swollen legs is fluid retention. There are many reasons why you may suffer with this. It may be a side effect of medication you are taking or it could suggest that there is a problem with your kidney, liver or heart function. If you notice your leg swelling it’s important that you seek out medical advice as soon as you can. As well as fluid retention there are other reasons why your legs may be swelling.
- Swollen legs can be a symptom of DVT or deep vein thrombosis. This can be potentially serious and will need to be treated as soon as possible.
- In some cases where you have an infection and your tissue is inflamed, fluid can be created as a result. If this fluid leaks then it could cause swelling.
- Swollen legs are also a sign that you may be suffering from lymphatic failure.
Your medical practitioner will fully investigate the cause and advise you on the best course of treatment. Compression boots may not be the first choice of treatment as some problems with swollen legs are temporary and easy to treat.
In some cases the use of compression socks or keeping the legs raised can help relieve the swelling, but if you suffer from lymphoedema these may not be enough. In cases like this your medical practitioner may suggest the use of compression boots.
Lymphoedema is a condition caused if you do not have enough lymphatics in your body. If this is the case you may notice the swelling in your legs start during your teenage years and it may affect just one or both of your legs. Lymphoedema can also be a regrettable side-effect of some cancer treatments. There is no cure for this and so compression boots may be your best choice.
At one time compression boots for swollen legs used to be a treatment which was only available in a hospital, but you can now purchase these boots yourself.
How compression boots work
Compression boots are wrapped around the legs and feet and they are attached to a controller. When in operation the boots inflate and then deflate and this action gradually pushes the fluid out of the legs. It does this by encouraging better circulation by removing the oxygenated blood so that healthier blood can flow down into the legs. The controller will help you set the pressure applied and the time between the pulses.
Compression boots can also be used at home at the end of the day and it’s best to check with your medical practitioner that they are safe for you to use before you buy them. You can get compression boots which are suitable for most swelling, while some are designed specifically to treat deep vein thrombosis or lymphoedema.
You do not require any medical knowledge to use them, as they are easy to use at home, but you should discuss your treatment with your doctor. Compression boots may or may not be available via Medicare or on your health insurance and you should discuss this with your medical practitioner and your medical insurance company.
Some medical conditions are not compatible with the use of compression boots and your medical practitioner should make sure you are aware of these. If you suffer with any of the following then this treatment may not be the one for you.
- Pulmonary edema or congestive heart failure
- Acute DVT or thrombophlebitis
- Peripheral arteriosclerosis
- Infected wounds which are untreated or recent skin grafts
Compression boots can also be used by those who do not have lymphoedema or DVT. There are generally no side-effects using these boots but it’s always best to play safe and consult a medical practitioner before you use them.
Apart from swollen legs, there are other uses for compression boots.
- If your job involves a lot of standing or walking you may find that by the end of the day your legs are very tired and sluggish. Compression boots can help restore the circulation and relieve the pain and discomfort.
- Some athletes such as cyclists and runners can also find that fluid starts to build up at the end of a long session of training and compression boots can help to relieve this.
- Arthritis sufferers may also suffer circulation problems which may cause swelling in the legs. Due to the nature of the condition some treatments do not work with arthritis but because of the gentle action of compression boots they can be a big help.
- Restless leg syndrome can be a distressing condition which can leave you feeling tired and stiff when you wake in the morning. Compression boots help your circulation and this in turn will help control the syndrome and allow you to get a good night’s sleep.
What compression boots do
As you can see, compression boots are very good for easing tired legs and for helping to reduce swelling, but just what are the actual benefits of using them?
1. Reduce fluids and toxins
Our bodies are very largely made up of water, so it’s no surprise that if something goes wrong fluid can build up. If your body is working properly, then water flows around your body picking up toxins which are then flushed away. If something goes wrong and fluid builds up, it means the toxins are stored in your body which can cause you pain and discomfort.
The action of compression boots helps fluids in the body to circulate properly and this in turn helps reduce the toxins.
2. Aid circulation
Good circulation means that blood and oxygen are pumped around the body to where they need to be. Poor circulation can lead to stress, fatigue, muscle pains, and potentially more serious health problems.
As compression boots pump the water they also encourage blood to flow freely which helps reduce blood clots and makes the rest of your body stronger and healthier.
3. Help the lymphatic system
If toxins and deoxygenated blood build up, this can affect the lymphatic system. When this is damaged or not working properly then your blood sugar is affected as are the oxygen levels in your blood. This can cause a build up of lactic acids and toxins in the lymph fluid, which in turn can cause more problems including swelling in the legs.
As we’ve already seen, compression boots can help remove the toxins from your body and at the same time reduce and remove the lactic acid. This not only makes you feel healthier but helps reduce your swelling.
The best compression boots for swollen legs
If your swollen legs are caused by medication which you are taking temporarily, then you may not need to use compression boots. If you regularly suffer with stiff or swollen legs or you already attend hospital or a medical centre for regular treatment with compression boots, then you may wish to purchase your own.
As with all things there are many compression boots available and unless you know what you are looking for it can be very difficult to find the right ones for you.
We believe the LiveFine Air Compression Leg Pump Wraps for Foot & Calf with Handheld Controller is a good choice to help reduce swollen legs. They come with everything you need including the compression boots, power adapter, leg wraps and a full user guide.
These boots have a very easy-to-use hand-held controller so you can set the compression boots just how you want them. There are 2 different modes for massage, each with 3 levels of intensity, so if you only need a little pressure for tired legs, these are perfect. For other problems, you can choose to massage the foot, the calf, both areas together or alternate between the two.
The boots have adjustable wraps, so they will fit any size and you can fit them to suit your own comfort, whether you want them loose for a gentler massage, or tighter for a more intense one. The materials used are not only durable, but easy to keep clean as you simply need to wipe them down with a dry towel.
When it comes to enjoying your massage, you don’t even have to worry about how long you have been wearing the boots. They automatically switch off after 15 minutes for your own safety, or you can preset them for up to one hour of use.
With so many options available, all set with one simple controller, the adjustable leg wraps mean that you can get the perfect massage from these compression boots every time.
When looking to buy your compression boots always check the features and the options they have available to make sure that they offer exactly what you need. If in doubt, you may find that your local hospital or medical centre allow you the chance to test compression boots so that you can see in advance that they will work for you.