Dr. Segal’s Compression Socks: Cailyn Morash Interview
Cailyn Morash is an active twenty-two year old from Edmonton, Alberta. In
2008, Cailyn began wearing compression socks to help with her primary
lymphedema. “I very rarely don’t have them on,” said Cailyn. I chatted with her this
summer about her compression sock usage and how she started using them. Cailyn’s
journey towards compression socks started in May 2007 when her left foot
“uncontrollably swelled.”
“I thought it was just a sunburn, but it didn’t go away, and then my right [foot]
swelled not long afterwards. I saw many doctors, spent a lot of time at the
Stollery Hospital, then had an appointment with a dermatologist for something unrelated and
my dad thought to ask her about my feet just in case she might know, and she said I
clearly have primary lymphedema.”
Primary lymphedema is a condition caused by a compromised lymphatic system
where body parts swell up due to a collection of fluid in the tissue. “So my left calf
and right foot are the worst, but it’s swelling from the knee down on both limbs,”
said Cailyn.
Cailyn’s compression socks have a high compression rating. “They’re high enough in
compression that they help to prevent the fluid from pooling in my feet.”
Compression socks are measured using the pressure gradient mmHg (millimeter of mercury). Cailyn’s socks are classified as moderate compression, a classification of socks ranging between 20-30 mmHg.  Cailyn had her socks prescribed by a doctor.
Despite having lymphedema, Cailyn remains active. She recently ran the BMO Half
Marathon in Vancouver, British Columbia. She noted that compression socks help
her stay active. “They help prevent my feet and calves from swelling. My feet still
hurt after the marathon, and flying doesn’t help with the low cabin pressure, but they
do keep the fluid moving.”
For Cailyn, compression socks are only one aspect of how she treats her
lymphedema. “I use them for day to day management. Then I get MLD (manual
lymphatic drainage – a type of massage) monthly. Plus kinesiotape and wrapping
when needed.”
Dr. Segal’s Compression Socks can provide day-to- day relief for a variety of leg
issues, including issues that arise from lymphedema. Swelling, soreness, and blood
clots can all be reduced or prevented by wearing Dr. Segal’s Compression Socks
daily. Dr. Segal’s Compression Socks range from mild (15-20 mmHg) to moderate
(20-30 mmHg) compression.