Lipodermatosclerosis is a chronic ailment associated with inflammation characterized by subcutaneous fibrosis and hardening of the skin on the lower legs. This condition is common among middle-aged or older adults, with a higher concentration found in individuals who are immobile or have a high BMI (obesity). The cause is unknown, although an underlying venous insufficiency, such as incompetent venous valves, a venous outflow obstruction, and dysfunction of the calf muscle pump, is usually present. Although it is chronic, there are treatment options, including weight loss, increase in activity, and lipodermatosclerosis compression stockings—all of which can reduce painful symptoms.
In general, medical professionals can diagnose lipodermatosclerosis through visual examination, as characterized by changes to the skin of the lower leg. A professional may diagnose it in one or both legs. Symptoms of lipodermatosclerosis include:
- Hardening of the skin
- Increased redness
- Increased skin thickness
- Small white scarred areas
- Tapering of the leg above the ankle
- Varicose veins
- Leg ulcers
Treatment options may include a mix of lifestyle changes, medication, and most commonly, compression therapy and elevation. People commonly use lipodermatosclerosis compression stockings to improve venous insufficiency and reduce symptoms. If there is an underlying condition causing lipodermatosclerosis, surgical and other medical attention may be necessary.
Start Simple with Compression Wear from Jomi Compression
If you or a loved one becomes diagnosed with lipodermatosclerosis, compression therapy may be an option to help relieve pain and swelling. At Jodi Compression, we have medical compression wear, including lipodermatosclerosis compression stockings, available to order online. Our selection includes various styles, sizes, and compression levels, making the search for the right socks, stocking, or pantyhose simple and easy. If you have questions or need help finding your ideal compression wear, please contact our team.