Compression therapy helps reduce swelling and improve circulation to promote wound healing

for some patients compression therapy

may be ordered to help with your wound

healing this type of therapy uses

multi-layered wraps to reduce and

control the swelling or edema in your

legs and keep it from coming back the

wraps are made of different materials

and may be two three or four layers your

doctor will decide which one is best for


usually the wrap stays on for a full

week but sometimes it might need to be

changed more often you may need larger

shoes or special Footwear because the

wrap may be too bulky to wear with your

regular shoes multi-layered wraps are

wrapped one layer at a time in circles

starting at the base of the toes and

going up to just below the knee the

layers are wrapped so no skin is visible

wrinkles in your wrap can bother your

skin The Wrap must stay clean and dry do

not get it wet in the shower or tub you

may do a partial bath use plastic

protectors like the ones made to cover

casts or you can cover the wrap with a

large plastic bag closed at the top so

that no water can get in if you use a

plastic cover be sure it has a special

bottom so you do not slip to ensure you

have the best possible outcome please

call us immediately if any of the

following symptoms occur if you feel

increased pain in the affected area your

toes become swollen if the drainage

smells very bad your toes or legs feel

numb or they tingle if there's a change

in the color of your toes or your toes

become hotter or colder than normal the

Center for wound care can be reached at

six one four two nine three four eight

one one or go to your local emergency

department your wrap may need to be

changed if the following happens your

rap starts falling down if it gets wet

or if the drainage from your wound

starts coming through the wrap

multi-layer wraps are only worn for a

maximum of seven days at a time it is

very important to your recovery that you

do not leave it in place for more than

seven days if you are going to miss your

appointment call the OSU comprehensive

wound care center for instructions