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It is not known whether the effect of Foot Pumps (Novamedix, Andover, UK) is enhanced by simultaneous use of graduated compression stockings (by controlling calf compliance) or hindered (by restricting preload). To address this question, we studied 20 healthy volunteers with duplex ultrasound. The peak velocity in the popliteal vein was measured at rest with the legs flat, foot-up, and foot-down, then it was measured when the AV Impulse Foot Pump was activated. These measurements each were performed with and without graduated compression stockings. In each leg position, the use of simultaneous graduated compression stockings reduced the peak velocity. On physiologic grounds, graduated stockings should not be used simultaneously with Foot Pumps.

Original publication

DOI

10.1054/arth.2002.31248

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of arthroplasty

Publication Date

06/2002

Volume

17

Pages

446 - 448

Addresses

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Southampton University Hospitals, Southampton, United Kingdom. Djwarwick@compuserve.com

Keywords

Foot, Leg, Humans, Venous Thrombosis, Blood Flow Velocity, Bandages, Adult