Self Help

InformationLeg Ulcers

All of the nurses are skilled in the application of dressings to treat leg ulcers and manage chronic venous insufficiency – the cause of the majority of ulcers.

Chronic venous insufficiency is the term given to a deterioration in a person’s leg veins, a process that slowly develops over many years, and can be associated with varicose veins, a history of trauma to the legs or a history of deep vein thrombosis, though none of these may be apparent.

Once chronic venous insufficiency has been established it is vital that the individual affected is assessed for compression stockings and given them if appropriate. Regular exercise such as walking also helps as it helps pump blood into and away from the affected area.

It is important that people with leg ulcers have them managed properly to aid healing and prevent further ulceration. It is also important to maintain mobility and independence.

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