Compression boots for circulation

Has anyone here been told not to use comprssion boots because of their pacemaker? I assume it would be fine because the legs are not next to the pacemaker. Hoping they might help leg circulation but its a stab in the dark.


8 Comments

Compression

by AgentX86 - 2022-05-25 18:49:44

A pacemaker shouldn't make any difference but there may be some other, related or not, reason not to yse compression socks/boots. It may be that your circulation is compromised and and leg compression may further reduce circulation.  This is only a guess.  This is the sort of question to ask as soon as the issue arises.  "Why?"

Compression

by sandoval - 2022-05-25 21:48:15

Why ? I've given up playing hilly golf courses due to weak legs and now it's affecting me on the flat courses so I'm willing to try anything. They are supposed to aid circulation but admittedly that is for "normal" people.

Compression

by AgentX86 - 2022-05-25 23:29:53

I'm certainly no expert and you really need to talk to your doctors. 

Compression stocking are suggested for venous problems.  They help support the veins in returning the blood to the heart. This helps with edema.  Since compression helps  moving blood from the feet back to the heart, the legs get more oxygen (from the returning arterial blood).

OTOH, if the problem is arterial, not enough blood is getting to the feet.  Compression stockings are generally not prescribed for peripheral artery disease, I guess because they don't want any further obstruction of the arteries.  It depends on your health issues.

Anyway, that's my 10,000' understanding (and WAG).

My Daughter Uses Compression Stockings

by Marybird - 2022-05-26 00:31:19

She also has a pacemaker. She uses them at work as she is on her feet much of the time and running around- she is a nurse in a multi-doctor practice. She has issues with autonomic dysfunction and other issues and the stockings help keep the edema and whatever under better control. 

Compression boots

by sandoval - 2022-05-26 15:43:20

AgentX486 - when I was in hospital last week I did ask the doctor but they had never even heard of compression boots. I remember asking for a cpet test a year ago and they didn't even know what that was. Anything to do with exercise seems to be outside of their remit. From research I'm finding a sauna seems to help but it only lasts for  the day. Feel like I'm doing my own clinical trial.

Boots and CPETs

by AgentX86 - 2022-05-26 22:20:13

I suppose they didn't know what Google was either.

Just by the name,  compression "boots" are similar to compression "stockings" but bigger. They look like mideval compression stockings.  I wonder if they have compression chainmail.

 

I suppose they didn't know what goggle was either?

by sandoval - 2022-05-28 21:55:26

I didn't ask, that might have sounded sarcastic.

Diabetes could be an issue

by LondonAndy - 2022-05-29 09:26:47

If you have diabetes, compression socks and boots can be a bad idea if you have reduced circulation to the feet.

https://www.healthline.com/health/find-right-diabetic-socks#what-are-diabetic-socks 

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