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John, I know that you have to use the compression socks for edema. If the 90 degree up the wall is not feasible for you then you might consider adding to the gradient effect of the socks by "pumping" maneuver for the lower legs. As you are sitting working on your computer place your feet flat on the floor and alternate raising your toes slowly and as high as possible off the floor and then raising your heels as high as possible off the floor. Do this slowly and deliberately twelve to fifteen times. Repeat several times per day. This will augment the action of the socks and add some additional velocity to the hemodynamics of your lower leg circulation and help move that sequestered edema fluid out of your legs.
Chris, try laying in a doorway with your legs against the right door facing. The door facing should be at about your waist. Bring you knees up until you feet are flat on the floor, then bring the right knee to your chest, which you can assist with your hands or a strap and place it just inside the door facing on the wall. Once you have the right leg in place on the wall you can pivot your body to the right with leverage from that leg allowing you to bring the left leg up the same way. At that time both feet will be on the wall and you can comfortably slide them upward into the vertical 90 degree position. If flexibility prevents this maneuver then an alternative is to lay at the foot of a chair or sofa and bring your feet up on to the the sitting surface. This will place your thighs in the 90 degree position. You can place straps around your ankles that are long enough for you to be able to pull your lower leg into the full 90 degree position. You may have to do one leg at a time. If you can't reach the feet to do the "milking" maneuver the wiggling and flexing and extending of the feet and ankles should help a great deal. If this doesn't work then John's headboard suggestion may be the answer.
Thanks Pam, and thank you John for the clarification. John, for you, in reference to my original question about authoritative guidance for the use of compression socks. The rational for not wearing compression socks for SFN is because theoretically, from a physiological standpoint, the socks are capable of causing some degree of venous stasis and reduced arterial blood flow creating an anoxic environment around the associated nerves. Although this may be minor, any reduction of oxygen to an already damaged, oxygen deprived, oxygen hungry nerve may be pathologically detrimental to the protective myelin nerve sheath and ultimately to the nerve proper. I hope that there is someone in the group who has expertise in neurophysiology who can authoritatively comment on this controversial question.
I do not have the edema problem that you do(bless your heart), but my mother does. I recall that you said you have difficulty complying with your physicians recommendation to elevate your feet and legs several times per day. Here is a tip that may help and not require some many times per day. A yoga instructor taught her to lay on the floor with her buttocks against the wall and her feet and legs extended vertically 90 degrees up the wall. Hold this for several minutes(at least 15) while periodically wiggling the toes and flexing and extending the feet and ankles. Then finish by "milk" the toes, feet and legs by massaging from the toes downward to the waist. It is done first thing in the morning, sometime in the afternoon and at night before going to bed. These "super" elevations may cut down on the multiple minor elevations that he recommended and be more efficient and therapeutic for you. If you decide to try this, I hope it helps. Thanks again for your guidance with the supplements.