Having a community who understands your struggles and is there to help is at the cornerstone of staying healthy. For many years, people with lymphedema, lipoedema, and other conditions that cause swelling or anomalous foot/hand shapes were isolated (you can see a list of the many conditions that impact foot health here).
While millions of people suffer from lower limb swelling, only recently have key businesses launched to provide resources and products catering to improving the lives of people with these problems. We are highlighting some brands and organizations that have made it their mission to help people living with lymphedema and other chronic conditions have a better quality of life.
Alexa Ercolano, blogger and founder of Lymphie Life, discussed her feelings of isolation when she was first diagnosed with Lymphedema in a 2021 interview with Pandere Shoes founders.
“ I was really devastated. I went through that mourning process I think a lot of us go through when we first get that diagnosis. I think nowadays, it's a little different in that there's so much out there online now and that that mourning process is maybe a little bit shorter. There is a community and answers and treatment. But before all that was accessible, you're filling in the blanks yourself.”