Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Padding

These are my tools that I use to shape my foot or to protect my sensitive spots when I wrap my leg or use my nightgarment. I never used to think I had bony feet. Both my mum and my littlebrother have a big bump sticking out next to their big toe though. I didn't but perhaps I was prone to this afterall.
I'm demonstrating on my good foot as some of you may be trying to keep your dinner down ;-) Kidding, it's not that bad.
The padding is held in place by cotton or gauze, you will see on one of the pictures.
My therapist made me these tools and she too uses them when she wraps my leg.

I use these "L's" around the bones near the ankle to maintain
some shape in the area as the fluid tends to build up here.


Like this. The pad is a little torn on the surface because I first
tried tape to attach it to my ankle when using it with my nightgarment.
Now I use gauze or cotton to hold it in place.


These two rings are made of the same material,
I turned one over to show how they look on the other side.
The bumpy side goes on the skin.


Like this. It can be a little tricky placing the rings while wrapping the gauze
over but I'm getting better. How dry and wrinkled my foot looks.
It had just been released after a long day in the shoe.


These are some new rings I bought the other day.

On the package it reads "pressure relieving rings".


Below I have made the hole a little tiny bit bigger and glued two rings together to make the padding higher. So far it has worked allright but I must take great care to place it very precisely or I can be sure to wake up in pain, rushing to tear the lot off.





These two pads are also made of the same material,
I turned one over to show how it looks on the other side.
The "canals" enables the fluid to travel away from the desired area.


I use them to put extra pressure on the forefoot.
I sometimes put the other pad same place but under the foot.


My foot with a ring on each side plus a pad on top, all held in place by gauze.


A kind reader of this blog send me picures of some "anklewheels" that her therapist made her. I showed the pictures to my therapist and she made me some. They are to go on top of the bones near the ankle, I don't know the English term. The "canals" allows the fluid to be lead away. They are quite good. Thank you, Sandra.

My anklewheels. About 8mm high.
The canals should probably be a little wider but one can work on that.


The wheels are to go over the stockinette but when I use
the nightgarment I don't use a stockinette and just put the wheels
directly on the skin, holding it in place with cotton or gauze.

That was it. Is this how other patients do it too? I wonder if these paddings are available to buy readymade anywhere online. I got the foamrings in a beautyshop similiar to Boots but they don't cater for Lymphedema patients specifically and really only had those rings.

4 comments:

  1. Great post and pictures are helpful. Thanks!

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  2. I'm battling my belittling fitter physical therapist. Heart sinking I remember "isn't there someone named lymphedma girl with something helpful?" This padding looks as if it will be very helpful. I just composed myself and an email, and linked this to my therapist.

    Hang in and thank you,
    Virginia

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    1. Thank you Virginia :-)
      I can't believe your fitter/pt is being belittling!
      I hope you will see good results with the padding, it sure is helpful for me.
      Good luck :-)
      Liz

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