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A Journal on Angiology
Official Journal of the , the International Union of Phlebology and the
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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International Angiology 2016 Mar 11
Comparison among 18 mmHg and 23 mmHg elastic stockings effect on leg volume and tiredness after golf
Sergio GIANESINI, Mirko TESSARI, Erica MENEGATTI, Paolo SPATH, Maria E. VANNINI, Savino OCCHIONORELLI, Paolo ZAMBONI ✉
Vascular Diseases Center, Unit of Translational Surgery, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
BACKGROUND: To determine differences among 18 mmHg and 23 mmHg hosiery in leg volume and fatigue control.
METHODS: Fourty golf players (M:29 - F:11; 48±11 yo) were randomized for a 18 holes competition without hosiery (10 cases), with 18 mmHg (10 cases) or 23 mmHg (10 foot-less and 10 with-foot) graduated stockings. An echo-color-Doppler scanning excluded vascular pathologies. Limb volume was assessed by water plethysmography. The perceived fatigue was assessed by a questionnaire.
RESULTS: No hosiery use led to a 5% leg volume increase (p<0.0001). In the 18 mmHg group a not significant 1% volume reduction was demonstrated. In the 23 mmHg group the volume significantly decreased by 4 % both in foot-type and in footless model. A significant fatigue reduction was perceived only in the 23 mmHg group.
CONCLUSIONS: A leg volume increase was reported along a 18 holes course. Among 18 and 23 mmHg only the latter demonstrated a significant leg volume and perceived fatigue reduction.