Yes, the short stretch bandages are definately the way to go for lymphedema. I use a combination of KT Medical's "KomprimED" and BSN Jobst's "Comprilan" short stretch bandages which can be found at: www.bandagesplus.com
. You can find them on a lot of different websites, I just found that the one I listed is one of the cheaper sites to get them at. I use the komprimED first instead of Artiflex, which is the roll of padding that many LE patients use. It is easier to use, more comfortable (IMHO) and washable. Then I use 1-3 layers of comprimed over that, wrapping in a figure 8 (or basketweave/crisscross) sort of pattern, as Pat suggested. The bandages stay up better on odd-shaped limbs with that pattern.
I use gauze under my bandages now, but when I had a lot of weeping, I used menstrual pads or diapers. One or the other, depending on how big of an area you are trying to cover, would stop the fluid from dripping on the floor or going into your shoe.
Forgive me if I have missed a previous post about what you have done so far in seeking treatment, so if I repeat something you have already done or have been told before, please bear with me... So, here goes: If you can see a lymphedema therapist and have her or him teach you how to bandage yourself and do manual lymph drainage that would be a great help to you, I know.
And, Pat is right about a wound care clinic. You are at such risk of developing fibrotic tissue and I can tell you, you do not want a lot of that. I have one wound that refuses to heal fully, I have had it for 4+ years and I have been told by a wound specialist that it may never heal because of the ridge of fibrotic tissue surrounding the wound...the fibrotic tissue just keeps pulling the wound open over and over again. Also, as time goes on it is more and more difficult to treat the lymphedema and have your legs go back to their original state. I tell my story so you understand what you are up against. It's really worth the effort to push to get treatment now rather than later.
The treatment that worked on me to heal most of my wounds was "unna boots". It is basically gauze impregnated with zinc oxide and sometimes calamine lotion. The gauze becomes a semi-hard cast-like material once it hardens and is kept on your legs for a week and then is reapplied. If someone decides to try it on you, just be real aware of it becoming tight anywhere, particularly at the top of the unna boots. I had some swelling that occurred at the top and had to make some adjustments to compensate.
Hope this helps!