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About Venous Ulcers

Your veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward the heart. In venous insufficiency, the valves are damaged, and blood backs up and pools in the vein. The blood may leak out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue. This can lead to a breakdown of the tissue and an ulcer.  Venous ulcers are shallow, irregular shaped, wounds to the lower extremity that are caused by improper functioning of the one-way valves in the veins.  They are frequently associated with severe pain with tissue destruction becoming more progressive.  Legs may become swollen and achy.  Without proper care, they can become infected. 

What to Do 

  • Use compression stocking or bandages.  This will help prevent blood from pooling in your legs. 
  • Keep your compression stocking or bandages dry.
  • Lift your legs above the elevation of your heart as often as possible.  To do this you can lie down and prop your legs up with pillows.
  • Treatment of infections.
  • Make sure you receive adequate nutrition.


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