Frequently Asked Questions
What is a venous stasis ulcer?
A venous stasis ulcer is a wound that occurs due to improper functioning of venous valves in the legs. They can be chronic wounds that usually are very painful and on the inner or outer part of the legs.
What increases my risk for venous stasis ulcers?
- Poor blood circulation
- Deep vein thrombosis or blood clot in legs
- Lack of physical activity
- Work that requires many hours of standing
What can I do to prevent venous stasis ulcers?
- Wearing compression stockings
- Exercise to help improve circulation
- Limit your salt intake in foods
- Do not smoke
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Elevate legs above your heart several times a day
- Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods
How to treat venous stasis ulcers?
- Bandages: a strip of material that is used to protect or bind a wound
- Debridement: the removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound
- Edema Control: regulation of swelling by different treatments (i.e., compression or elevation)
- Medication: an ointment or pill that your physician deems necessary for your healing (i.e., antibiotics)
When should I contact my health care provider?
- If your feet or toes get pale, numb or have a tingling feeling that does not subside
- If you get pain in your feet or toes
- If the temperature of your legs, feet or toes change (i.e., they feel cold)
- If you experience increased pain or swelling in your leg or ulcer
- If you have a fever, chills or feel sick
- If you see any drainage or open your wound
- If your leg becomes red, warm or swollen
- If you have questions or concerns about your condition or care
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