How Isobar helped my ankle injury recovery

Practice Manager Viv Taylor turned to Isobar Compression to reduce her ankle swelling after being in plaster for a fractured ankle. Here she explains how she wore Isobar Compression socks under her Aircast boot to allow earlier rehabilitation.

I leapt out of bed one evening to help my husband, who was unwell. My blood pressure must have been low as I fainted, collapsing to the floor and hurting my ankle.  I was in a great deal of pain and went to A&E, where I was diagnosed with a fractured tibia and fibula; vertical fractures going down into the heel.  The Consultant told me it was an unusual fracture and wanted to pin it, although he thought it was 50/50 whether surgery would improve the outcome. I’d had some health problems earlier in the year requiring surgery, so didn’t want further surgery if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. 

I work as a Practice Manager and have worked in healthcare for a long time, so I have reasonable understanding of care. I asked for an Aircast boot, rather than a cast, but was advised that with the type of fracture I’d sustained it would need to be in plaster for at least five weeks.

I work for Professor Charles McCollum (Vascular Surgeon) who was part of the team that created Isobar’s bespoke compression socks. He recommended I should have my leg scanned for a compression sock to fit the left leg, for DVT prophylaxis while I was immobilised with the fractured right ankle.  Isobar came to my house to perform the scan, which was an excellent service as I was having difficulty getting out of the house.

Five weeks later, when the plaster cast was removed, my right ankle hadn’t healed quite as well as the doctors had hoped; but they did now agree to me having an Aircast boot. I asked if I could put a compression sock on under the boot to improve both the swelling and the venous return. The hospital team weren’t happy to agree this as they weren’t aware of the technology (I have since shared the research with them) so, having spoken to Professor McCollum, I put the sock on myself when I got home.

I have some experience of compression stockings as I used to be a midwife and have often struggled to assist women into the traditional TED stockings.  The Isobar stockings are so much easier! They aren’t restrictive like traditional compression stockings.

Immediate results

In the first ten days of wearing the Isobar sock on my injured right ankle the circulation and swelling improved considerably. It was very comfortable to wear under the boot. The enormous advantage was that I could remove the boot to perform my physiotherapy exercises, improving the movement in the ankle joint considerably.

I will be wearing the Isobar socks for a while, until my ankle is back to normal. The black colour of the sock is perfect and they are not nearly as irritating as other compression socks. I have considerable experience with TED stockings and, although the Isobar socks are much more expensive, I think they are superior and would recommend them to other ankle fracture sufferers.

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How Isobar Compression is helping me with leg ulcer recovery

Alex Grannum contacted Isobar Compression when he couldn't find prescription compression to fit. Here he explains how Isobar custom-fit compression is helping him with venous leg ulcer prevention and recovery.

I’m 52 years old and I live in Southampton. Back in July 2016, I was prescribed compression socks after having been found to have a venous ulcer on my right ankle. I began receiving treatment through antibiotics and four-layer bandages to heal the ulcer. The doctors suggested that surgery was inevitable.

I was given a prescription and told to get compression socks to prevent my left leg suffering the same. I would have to wait for my right leg to heal before I could use the stocking on both feet.

I took the prescription to my local pharmacy and asked for the biggest size socks but they didn’t fit. My wife shopped around and couldn’t find any either. You see, I’m 6ft 7ins and have size 15 feet. There was nothing available that would fit me.

Out of desperation, I found a phone number on the socks I bought and enquired for a larger size. They suggested I contact Isobar Compression. Having googled them, they assured me that they could help me. I can’t describe the wave of relief that came over me. After some discussion, they came to my home, scanned my legs and soon after my socks arrived in the post.

Reassurance and comfort

The socks are fantastic. Sometimes I forget they’re actually on my feet. They are so comfortable and it’s reassuring knowing they’re helping pump the blood back to my heart. I have a friend with the same problem who’s wearing prescribed compression and he cannot believe the quality of my Isobar socks.

Two weeks ago the wound on my right ankle finally healed. As I’m nearly at the end of the treatment, I’m looking forward to finally wearing the other Isobar sock instead of the four-layer bandage, which has been very uncomfortable.

I was told I’d have to wear compression socks for the rest of my life but I don’t mind as I know they will prevent the ulcers appearing again.

 

 

 

Partner scanning centres in Dubai launched

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Mediclinic City Hospital and Mediclinic Dubai Mall who will become official Isobar Scanning Centres, providing scanning for the world’s most precise 3D manufactured compression garments.

Over 70 million travellers fly via Dubai each year, with many traveling for 4 hours (long-haul) or more to reach their destination. A recent YouGov survey showed many UK passengers are unaware that 1 in 25 will develop DVT. The NHS recommends passengers wear well-fitting compression to reduce this DVT risk.

Isobar produces exact-fit compression garments clinically proven to increase blood return to the heart. This reduces the risk of DVT during long-haul flights as blood clots are less likely to happen.

Professor Charles McCollum, Professor of Surgery and Head of Academic Surgery at the University of Manchester and Isobar Chief Medical Advisor, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mediclinic City Hospital and Mediclinic Dubai Mall as Isobar Scanning Centres in Dubai. Isobar Compression delivers the precise pressures needed for each indication, whether increasing performance and recovery for elite athletes, DVT prevention, or treating lymphedema and leg ulcers. This cannot be achieved by any existing compression stocking or bandaging system and Mediclinic City Hospital and Mediclinic Dubai Mall Medical Centre will be able to exclusively offer this service to their customers.” 

Customers can book their 3D scan under Dr Taohid Oshodi FRCS at the Vascular Clinic at both Mediclinic City Hospital and Mediclinic Dubai Mall Medical Centre by contacting Taohid.oshodi@mediclinic.ae or phoning the numbers below.

Mediclinic City Hospital
+97144359999/+971529084047

Mediclinic Dubai Mall
+97144495111 / +971529084047

Isobar ambassador shatters cycling world record

Ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont has set a new world record, taking one third off the current Guinness World Record (123 days) for circumnavigating the globe, completing the challenge in just 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes on the Artemis World Cycle.

Beaumont completed the 18,000-mile cycling challenge at Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where his journey began on July 2nd and had hoped to complete the ride in 80 days. Mark was also awarded the Guinness World Record for Most Miles Cycled in a Month from Paris to Perth in Australia, verified at 7,031 miles (11,315km). Commenting on the achievement Beaumont said: “This was a fantastic milestone to achieve during the challenge of getting around the world in eighty days I hope it is used as a marker for other cyclists to go and smash in the near future.”

Cycling for 16 hours per day (240 miles) Beaumont has travelled through 16 countries throughout his four-stage challenge. The first stage saw him travel through Europe to Russia and Mongolia, culminating in Beijing.

Beaumont’s second phase through Australia and New Zealand led him into stage three starting at Anchorage cycling through to Halifax, flying back over the pond to begin the final stage in Lisbon and back up to Paris.

Over the course of the 78 days, Beaumont has faced numerous physical and mental challenges, including a fall on day nine which could have ended the whole expedition. Pedalling through Australia and New Zealand during the winter season meant Beaumont was continually exposed to sub-zero temperatures, making time on the bike even more gruelling.

As Mark cycled through Canada and USA, he was faced with the prospect of weathering secondary storms of Hurricane Irma as he travelled east towards Halifax to complete stage three. But despite all of these trials, Beaumont completed the momentous challenge on schedule.

Mark is an Isobar Compression ambassador and used Isobar garments for recovery, as well as travel socks for his inter-continental flights to reduce his risk of DVT. Active athletes with well-developed muscles are at a greater risk of DVT when sitting immobile for hours.

On completing the expedition, the double Guinness World Record holder commented: “This has been, without doubt, the most punishing challenge I have ever put my body and mind through. The physical and mental stamina required for each day was a challenge in itself, but I had an amazing support team around me.

“The success of cycling around the world in 78 days shows that what seemed impossible is possible and has redefined the limits of endurance sport. Each stage brought different challenges including different climates, which I had to adjust to quickly. Stage one through Russia and Mongolia was unknown territory, so to complete this phase and come out with a second Guinness World Record is a real achievement.

“I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from people all over the world, from fellow cyclists joining me on the road to messages and wishes online. The experience has been incredible, and I’m excited to share this journey for years to come.”

Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records added: “Mark has once again proved himself to be Officially Amazing! He’s added not one but two world-beating achievements to his existing record for Fastest bicycle journey from Cairo to Cape Town. Beating this iconic circumnavigation record places Mark into an elite category of multiple record holders and firmly establishes him as one of the most dedicated and determined Guinness World Records title holders."

I thought flight socks were for grannies

Andy Tucker is 25 and as a self-confessed fidget, didn’t think to buy flight socks for his worldwide travels earlier this year. The London-based estate agent takes time to move around on flights but despite this he suffered a debilitating blood clot on a flight back from New Zealand.

Andy flew to South Africa for a week’s holiday, then shortly after had a week in New Zealand flying via Dubai. It was on his return to Dubai from New Zealand that he noticed the pain in his right leg.

“My calf began to hurt after I woke from sleeping,” Andy explained. “I stretched it and walked about, as it felt like I’d had cramp in my sleep and it was aching. But it didn’t seem to get any better with the stretching and it hurt for the rest of the flight, then again on the connecting flight from Dubai to London. I was sitting in economy and it was difficult to stretch my leg and get comfortable.

“Once I got back to London I went home to bed, then to work the next morning. I had been sitting down for an hour and a half, and the pain was troubling me so I knew something wasn’t right. The thought that it was a DVT was at the back of my mind and I called NHS 111 to tell them about my symptoms. They told me to go straight to A&E. I had a blood test at A&E then was sent for a scan, which confirmed it was a DVT. I was put on blood thinners for three months and told I should wear flight socks un the future, as well as having blood thinning drugs prior to flying.”

A blood clot or deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is usually formed in the leg when sitting immobile for hours, such as on a long-haul flight. DVT is dubbed ‘economy-class syndrome’ due to travellers sitting in cramped conditions and not able to move their legs to keep the blood flow returning back to the heart. The blood starts to clot hampering the ability of blood to flow around the clot which causes pain. Symptoms include aching, soreness and a red colour to the skin area.

In severe conditions, the blood clot can travel through the veins to the heart and can cause a blockage – a Pulmonary Embolism – which can be fatal if it travels to the lung. There are 67,000 known cases of DVT in the UK every year, but more worrying a 2016 report showed 4% of those flying over four hours suffer an asymptomatic DVT – suffering a DVT without symptom and the risk increases the more often you fly.

The NHS advises people travelling by plane should wear well-fitting compression stockings and there is a warning about ensuring the right fit – one study showed that off-the-shelf compression socks failed to fit 98% patients. Well-fitting compression helps by squeezing the blood from the outer veins into the deep veins in your calf and helping the blood flow back to your heart.

Vascular expert Professor Charles McCollum of the University of Manchester Hospital advises: “Well-fitting socks should be worn from the morning of your flight as there can be a lot of sitting around waiting at airports. I would advise avoiding alcohol and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated as well as moving around every hour on the plane. Just a short trip to the toilet and back aids your blood flow. Keep the compression socks on for a couple of hours after the flight. The compression will stop any swelling in your legs and will help with that ‘heavy leg’ jet lag feeling.”

Andy won’t be taking any chances in the future. “I thought flight socks were for grannies. It didn’t even cross my mind that I would need to wear them and I’d never had any problems before. I will always wear flight socks in the future. Even my mum, dad and brother are getting them now after seeing what happened to me!”

 

 

76% of UK adults flying long-haul risk DVT

Almost a quarter of UK adults will fly long-haul (over four hours) on holiday or business this year, but are perhaps unaware that one in 25 will suffer an asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT). There are 67,000 DVTs diagnosed in the UK every year and travellers are at an increased risk due to blood to pooling in the legs caused by being immobile in their seats for so long.

A YouGov survey commissioned by Isobar Compression, which make the world’s only exact-fit compression garment, has revealed the dangers travellers are exposed to as they fail to realise the risks of DVT whilst flying. In this survey, only 25 per cent of UK adults surveyed taking a long-haul flight this year said that they are concerned with DVT, whilst 76 per cent said they would not wear compression socks to specifically minimise DVT risk.

The risk of DVT is higher for those with a risk factor such as being obese, pregnant, on the contraceptive pill or had recent surgery.

The survey showed that age is a factor in people’s perceptions of DVTs, with 53 per cent of those surveyed believing that older people are more at risk of getting DVT during travel. Although older people are more likely to suffer from venous conditions such as leg ulcers which require compression, any adult can suffer a DVT if they are immobile for long period when travelling.

Professor Charles McCollum, Professor of Surgery and Head of Academic Surgery at the University of Manchester and Isobar Chief Medical Advisor said, “The results of the YouGov survey show that travellers are putting themselves at unnecessary risk of potentially life-threatening DVTs because they either believe they are not at risk, or are too young for it to be relevant to them.

“But with one in 25 travellers suffering asymptomatic DVTs and in view of the long-term risk of chronic aching and leg swelling with venous ulcers in the elderly, this is a serious concern for any long-haul traveller, no matter their age.

“Isobar Compression delivers the precise pressures needed to prevent DVT. This is something that cannot be achieved by any existing shop-bought compression stocking as these are only available in five standard sizes and often don’t fit well enough to be effective.”

Half of those surveyed will exercise their calves to avoid DVT, which is recommended by airline companies. However, half of their customers do not exercise. Importantly, adequate compression using a precisely-fitted flight sock improves the pumping action of the calf during these exercises.

A study by K Bowling in 2015 has shown that off-the-shelf socks do not fit 98 per cent of people and for 54 per cent of those, off-the-shelf socks had a negative effect at times meaning it impeded blood flow.

The NHS recommends wearing well-fitting compression garments to prevent venous blood pooling and encourage blood flow out the leg. Isobar Compression’s solution is to provide a compression sock that is bespoke to the individual, guaranteed to fit and deliver the right pressure to reduce DVT risk. The custom-fit Isobar flight sock has been proven to halve blood pooling.

Isobar Compression’s unique, portable 3D scanner captures 260,000 data points from the patient’s limb and uses this precise profile to produce an exact fit flight socks for the individual leg with the precise pressure gradients required to improve blood flow. No other system in the world can do this and as the flight socks fit perfectly, they are also more comfortable than standard products.

Isobar supports Around the World cycle challenge

Ultra-endurance athlete Mark Beaumont has set off on his record breaking attempt to cycle around the world in just 80 days. In 2008 Mark successfully cycled around the world in 194 days, this time he will attempt to do it in less than half the time.

Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel Around the World in Eighty days published in 1873, Mark will attempt to circumnavigate the globe over 144 years later by bicycle rather than balloon as he embarks on the Artemis World Cycle.

Mark departed from Paris at 04:00 on Sunday morning, making his way towards Poland en route to Beijing through Lithuania, Russia, and Mongolia before cycling between Perth and Brisbane in Australia.

In New Zealand Mark will head for Invercargill and Auckland with the fourth leg of his challenge taking him between Anchorage in the United States and Halifax in Canada. He will attempt to complete his journey by cycling from Lisbon back to Paris with the aim of arriving by Thursday 21st September.

Isobar Compression is pleased to be supporting Mark with custom-fit compression socks for both recovery from his gruelling cycling schedule, but also for recovery from air travel between continents.

Mark comments: “This is my chance to shoot for the stars and take on the ultimate endurance cycling challenge. Since I last pedalled around the world nearly ten years ago, there has been a growing desire in me to push the boundaries of what is possible and to retake the circumnavigation World Record at a whole new level. I know what I’m getting myself in to, this will be the toughest challenge of my life and will be an immense physical, mental and logistical battle before I reach the finish line.

“I have spent the last three years creating an amazing support team, who are in charge of my nutrition, logistics, navigation and safety, allowing me to purely focus on my performance and being an athlete. I don’t think anyone has ever tried to go this fast and this far before and I have been building on my experience as an endurance rider over two decades to prepare for this journey”.

You can keep track of Mark’s progress via his website: www.artemisworldcycle.com

GB Skeleton and Bobsleigh choose Isobar

This week the Isobar team has been out scanning the GB Skeleton elite and development squads, alongside Bobsleigh athletes for custom-fit Isobar Compression for recovery and travel.

The scanning took place at their training base at Bath University with athletes including Isobar ambassador Bruce Tasker, pictured, having a 3D scan from which we'll make custom-fit garments.

These are the latest sports squads to be scanned following on from the Kenya Rugby 7s last month.

Kenya Rugby Sevens choose Isobar Compression

Isobar Compression has been chosen by the Kenya Rugby Sevens team to provide compression to the players. Isobar has been specifically chosen due to its customised fit, which will help the players to recover from their grueling long-haul flying schedule and minimise DVT risk.

The Kenya team was scanned this week in London as they trained ahead of the Final round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Kenya is one of 15 top nations in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series competing in ten events each season. Kenya recorded its first tournament win in the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series beating Fiji at the 2016 Singapore Sevens. 

Steve Walsh, high performance consultant, said: “Coming from Nairobi, the team has to take multiple flights to compete and we need something that’s going to help with their recovery and minimise DVTs.

“I’ve had two DVTs flying back from Australia, despite wearing other compression socks and doing my calf exercises, so had fallen out with using compression. But I’ve done my homework on Isobar and it’s a product that I’m happy to look at. I’m interested in the fact that they are customised and I need something I can trust to give the players a good recovery package. Athletes love anything customised as it’s made for them, so the players are excited to try Isobar socks.”

Isobar’s unique 3D scanning technology enables us to deliver comfortable, bespoke compression socks set to the pressure athletes need to improve circulation. Our garments are clinically proven to reduce the risk of DVT and boost athletic recovery.

Captain Andrew Amonde added: “It’s important to get your legs ready for the game after you’ve been travelling. Compression should be fitted to get the maximum out of it.”

Isobar Compression is the first choice for travel for athletes including Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Team GB Bobsleigh driver Bruce Tasker, the British Swimming team and endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont.