Venous Stasis Disease is caused by damaged veins in the legs which allow fluid to pool in the lower leg. This causes the leg to swell and the skin to stretch like an oversized balloon. The skin breaks open and a wound (ulcer) forms. Changes in skin color and texture may result.
Causes of damaged veins:
- Injury to the veins from trauma, blood clots or broken bones
- Inherited weakness in the veins
- Obesity, pregnancy, or prolonged standing
The Wound Healing Center offers:
- Trained healthcare professionals to care for your wound
- Complete wound evaluation
- Diagnostic testing
- A treatment plan made for you
- Education on the treatment of the wound
- Education to help prevent new wounds
During your first visit to the Wound Healing Center you can expect:
- Completing a medical history and physical
- Testing for feeling, blood flow and oxygen supply to the feet
- Examination of the wound
- Possible removal of dead tissue
- Education on how to care for your wound at home
- Further testing, as needed. A compression wrap may be applied.
Follow up visits may include:
- Re-examination of your wound
- Review of test results
- Removal of dead tissue
- Continuing education
- If you have an Unna Boot or multi-layer compression dressing, it will be changed by the staff at the Wound Healing Center.
Call the Wound Healing Center if you experience any of the following:
- Increased pain at the wound site
- Redness or swelling around the wound or spreading away from the wound
- A foul odor coming from the wound
- Changes in color or amount of drainage from the wound
- Fever or chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- If you have a compression wrap, tingling in your toes or increased pain in your leg
- Wounds which occur between the ankle and calf that are caused by the failure of the veins to pump blood back the heart normally.
How Can You Help?
- Exercise as directed.
- Elevate your legs higher than your heart several times a day for 20 minute intervals or use your compression device as instructed.
- Wear your support stockings all day, every day.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Maintain a normal weight range.
- Avoid prolonged standing and sitting;
- walk around for a few minutes every hour.
- Do not remove your compression wrap.
How you can prevent ulcers:
- Wash with mild soap and warm water.
- Apply moisturizers to prevent dryness.
- Shave only with an electric razor.
- Put on your stockings before getting out of bed. They are easier to put on before legs swell.
- Wear stockings all day.
- Replace compression stockings every 3 months or if they tear or run.
- Protect your legs from injury.
- Avoid exposing your legs to the sun.
- Avoid soaking in hot water which can cause fluid retention.
>> Click here for the Venous Stasis Ulcers brochure.