How does a Forefoot Compression Sleeve help to treat forefoot injuries?
Every doctor, nurse and medic knows the acronym used to treat acute orthopedic injuries: RICE. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Used individually, each of these methods of treatment can help, but when used together, RICE is a powerful tool. Whether it’s a sports injury, a sprain or even care following orthopedic surgery, RICE is the go-to method of care.
A few years back I started to see that there really wasn’t a good product available for forefoot compression. Traditional compression hose stopped at the mid-arch. ACE wraps were bulky and really didn’t stay in place well. I could apply a compression wrap in the office, but with the first shower, the bandage would need to be removed. So I decided to invent a better tool that could be used by consumers to compress the forefoot.
I measured several hundred feet to determine sizing for the device, coming up with three sizes. With the help of Pedifix, we now market The Forefoot Compression Sleeve world-wide.
Indications for The Forefoot Compression sleeve include;
- Forefoot arthritis
- Freiberg’s Infraction
- Metatarsal stress fractures
- Peripheral edema
- Swelling following forefoot surgery
- Swelling following bunion surgery
The Forefoot Compression Sleeve is safe and easy to use. Extra care should be considered with patients with diabetes or peripheral vascular disease. In these cases, compression may cause skin irritations, rashes or wounds that may not be initially felt. Be sure to use The Forefoot Compression Sleeve with caution, checking every hour or so for sites of irritation.