Specialty Foam & Padding
Specialty Foam And Padding For Lymphedema
Specialty foams and padding are unique and innovative, and may be used to solve complex bandaging needs when used as part of a multi-layer compression bandage during complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT", which is performed to reduce limb volume as part of a Lymphedema treatment program.
"Complex" compression bandaging situations may include, but are not limited to cases of excess swelling or fibrosis, which is a hardened area under the skin, and bandaging needs for specific anatomical areas, body contours and uneven or sensitive bandaging surfaces.
Specialty foams and padding are generally used in combination with short stretch compression bandages during CDT as part of a multi-layer compression bandage. In cases of heavy fibrosis and thick skin, foam "chips" or shapes of uneven surfaces help provide localized pressure that helps break up the fibrotic tissues and reduces swelling. Other specialty foam and padding have been developed to help address needs associated with covering specific anatomical areas of the body or uneven bandaging surfaces.
When used as part of a multi-layer compression bandage, specialty foams and padding may be placed over the initial layer of tubular stockinette and may be used in conjunction with, or instead of a simple soft padding that helps cushion and evenly distribute gradient pressure created by the compression bandages .
Which ever type of specialty 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.