Foams and padding are an integral part of compression bandaging and play a key role in complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT", which is performed to reduce limb volume. (read more)
Compression bandaging includes a second layer of padding which is placed over the initial layer of stockinette. This seconday "padding" layer will likely consist of a simple soft padding made of polyester, cotton, or light weight foam.
In cases of excess swelling or fibrosis, which is a hardened area under the skin, treatment may require the use of higher density or specialty foam to help break up the fibrotic tissue and return the skin to its normal softness.
Thicker and higher density or specialty channeling foams are useful in helping to treat fibrotic areas and provide additional padding .
In cases of heavy fibrosis and thick skin, a denser closed-cell or rubber foam may be required.
Several different swell spots and pads have been developed to help treat and manage areas of swelling which are particularly problematic or require unique localized pressure.
Which ever type of foam or padding is used, the goal is to create pressure and break up the areas of concentrated and stagnant protein-heavy lymph fluid to help create a softer skin area.
The slimline rectangular pads are for use anywhere additional pressure is needed to provide better therapeutic results. Particularly useful on the lateral chest wall, anterior tibialis or lateral aspect of the forearm. Learn More
The serratus anterior pad, with the attached axilla pad, as designed to cover the breast and across the sternum to help direct lymph flow laterally down to the inguinals and posteriorly toward the spine. Learn More
The unilateral post-mastectomy pad is for the mastectomy patient with chest wall edema or radiation fibrosis over the anterior chest wall and the serratus anterior, but having normal lymph drainage on the unaffected side. Learn More
Pre-cut foam pieces, as used in the Klose Training Lymphedema Certification courses, are convenient and will save you the time, effort and extra cost of purchasing large foam rolls and cutting the individual piecesLearn More
Komprex® II "spaghetti foam" is an excellent padding source, but at the same time, it’s unique surface provides a firm but gentle micro massaging effect that helps soften fibrotic tissues and thickened skinLearn More