Every year in the US, 2.5 million individuals develop leg ulcers, the majority of these are due to severe venous insufficiency, or poor circulation. Healing a leg ulcer is a long, slow process that requires compliance and perseverance. Swelling in the leg needs to be reduced, and blood flow to the affected area needs to be reestablished. This is typically accomplished with a combination of compression bandages and compression stockings. Once healed, it’s imperative that compression be used on a regular basis to prevent the ulcer from reoccurring.
Mediven recently introduced a new double sock combination for the treatment and prevention of venous ulcers. Consisting of a low compression closed toe stocking liner, with a higher compression outer stocking, the Dual Sock System is available in 30-40 mmHg and 40-50mmHg. Layering socks makes wearing a higher compressions much more comfortable, and comfort along with ease of donning increases compliance.
Wearing two socks together has a number of advantages. The inner liner sock has a light compression, which makes it much easier to put on. It can be donned without disturbing a wound or wound dressing. Treated with ClimaFresh Odor Protection, the inner sock also helps inhibit bacterial growth. The liner can be worn alone at night, if prescribed by your doctor, although care needs to be taken that it doesn’t roll-down. Studies have shown that wearing two socks in combination, offers better containment than a single stocking. And finally, the inner sock makes it MUCH easier to put on the higher compression outer sock.
Mediven’s Dual Layer Sock System is sold in pairs, 2-liners and 2-outer stockings, along with a foot slippie to make donning even easier. Both compression levels are Medicare approved, if you have an active venous ulcer on your leg.