The use of strapping to increase local pressure: reporting of a sub-bandage pressure study

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Alison Hopkins ; Fran Worboys ; Hugo Partsch (2013)
  • Publisher: PAGEPress Publications
  • Journal: Veins and Lymphatics (issn: 2279-7483)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.4081/vl.2013.e12
  • Subject: venous ulceration, compression, stiffness, sub-bandage. | Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system | RC666-701

High compression is the gold standard for venous ulcer management. This brief report presents the results of a sub-bandage pressure study that investigated the pressures received from compression therapy in the region of the retromalleolal fossa. The study tested the hypothesis that therapeutic compression is not achieved behind the malleolus. The results confirm this, showing that less that 5-mmHg sub-bandage pressure is achieved despite high compression at the B1 level. This report demonstrates that the application of novel strapping below the malleolus substantially increases the compression at rest, standing and dorsiflexion. The clinical implications of this are discussed.
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