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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How To Check if Support Hose Cut Off Circulation

     As a podiatrist I primarily dwell in the world of making lives better, but rarely save a life. Almost weekly I experience patients in the wrong length or fit of support hose, and the consequences of blood clots and pulmonary emboli could be life threatening. I implore all of my readers to look at their loved ones who wear support hose and make sure that their circulation just below the knee is not being cut off. 

Poorly fitting knee high (aka below the knee) support hose in my patient Bruce being treated for a deep vein thrombosis.

The New Rx I scribbled for Bruce to change to Above the Knee Support Hose (aka Thigh Length) with the same pressure.
The pressure is in mm Hg (millimeters of Mercury). Sorry for the scribble.

Will I save Bruce's life with this simple change? Who knows? But, I can sleep well at night for checking. 

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