Venous Leg Ulcers

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Venous ulcers are wounds that are thought to occur due to improper functioning of valves in the veins, usually of the legs. They are the major cause of chronic wounds. Dr. Edward Hill discusses venous leg ulcers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A venous leg ulcer is a shallow wound that happens when the veins in your legs are unable to properly pump blood to your heart. This can cause blood to pool inside your legs.

Venous ulcers usually happen in older people. You are more likely to get them if you are a woman, are overweight or have had a leg injury or blood clot.

Venous ulcers are usually located on the legs, especially on the ankles, and dont heal on their own. The skin around the wound may be discolored, dark or red. You may also have a dull ache or pain and swelling in your lower legs.

Venous ulcers are usually treated with bandages or stockings that put pressure on your legs. Sitting or lying down with your leg raised for 30 minutes, three or four times a day, can keep the swelling down. Your doctor may give you medicine to help the blood flow through your legs better.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.