Frequently Asked Questions

Do those pneumatic compression socks work at reducing ankle swelling after I break my ankle?

Manuela Rohner-Spengler, a clinical Physical Therapist and a team of MD/PhDs from the Departments of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy and Trauma Surgery at the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland took interest the optimal pre-operative swelling management techniques to yield the best post-operative outcomes. They found when impulse compression devices or pneumatic compression socks are used as a ‘stand-alone treatment’, they are not effective. This study did not assess their effectiveness when used in combination with other treatments.

Manuela Rohner-Spengler, MPTSc, et al. Effective Treatment of Posttraumatic and Postoperative Edema in Patients with Ankle and Hindfoot Fractures. A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Multilayer Compression Therapy and Intermittent Impulse Compression with the Standard Treatment with Ice. In The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. August 2014. Vol.96-A, Number 15.p. 1263-1271.

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