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SPONGE RUBBER BOOT FOR VARICOSE ECZEMA AND VARICOSE ULCERS

Walter G. Gasner, M.D.; Maurice J. Costello, M.D.
JAMA. 1955;158(3):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030031009b.
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Many and various types of elastic bandages or stretchable stockings have been developed and used in the treatment of various eczemas and other afflictions requiring a pressure correction. It was felt that if pressure could be applied without too much constriction of the underlying vessels the resulting venous and arterial support would be beneficial. Furthermore, the action of the leg muscles against sponge rubber of adequate thickness would be pumplike while walking. We have developed a sponge rubber boot that is constructed in the following manner: 1. Measure the distance along the leg from 1 in. (2.5 cm.) above the ankle to 2 in. (5.0 cm.) below the bend of the knee. 2. Measure the widest circumference of the leg. 3. A piece of sponge rubber Va in. thick and of the above length and width is placed around the leg. 4. The posterior part is marked off with a

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