A conventional compression bandage lacks effect on subcutaneous blood flow when walking and during passive dependence in chronic venous insufficiency.
Kristensen JK, Sindrup JH, Jelstrup Petersen L, Peters K, Danielsen L
Blood flow in subcutaneous tissue of the lower leg decreased by 45% on changing from recumbency to the sitting position in patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency. When walking, blood flow increased significantly to values near those measured during resting recumbency. A conventional elastic compression bandage (Weromedium) had no effect on these parameters, indicating that therapeutic gain through compression is not mediated by an improvement in subcutaneous blood flow.