I have cellulitis in my left leg and am currently taking medication to treat it. Is it OK to wear compression socks to help with the edema?

I have cellulitis in my left leg and am currently taking medication to treat it. Is it OK to wear compression socks to help with the edema? I have no other issues with my legs. I have worn compression socks in the past, but I'm wondering if they would help heal the cellulitis faster by promoting blood flow and reducing the edema.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (2)


Answered by Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center

The use of support garment with cellulitis will depend on your pain and tenderness level. Compression will always benefit the recovery from cellulitis, unless you have heart problems such as congestive heart failure or other circulation problems related to arterial blood supply to the feet. Most people with cellulitis have painful and tender skin and can't tolerate the compression. Until the initial irritation has subsided, leg elevation is helpful to reduce the swelling and combat the role that gravity presents when feet are not elevated.

Published on Apr 30, 2019

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Answered by Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center

The use of support garment with cellulitis will depend on your pain and tenderness level. Compression will always benefit the recovery from cellulitis, unless you have heart problems such as congestive heart failure or other circulation problems related to arterial blood supply to the feet. Most people with cellulitis have painful and tender skin and can't tolerate the compression. Until the initial irritation has subsided, leg elevation is helpful to reduce the swelling and combat the role that gravity presents when feet are not elevated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

If you can tolerate wearing the support hose over the cellulitis, then it would help with the edema. If the calf is too tender, then you may have to wait a little time for the tenderness to subside before applying the support hose.

Published on Jan 15, 2019

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

If you can tolerate wearing the support hose over the cellulitis, then it would help with the edema. If the calf is too tender, then you may have to wait a little time for the tenderness to subside before applying the support hose.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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