Venous leg ulcers can be painful and slow to heal
Do you have an open sore on your leg which is not healing? You may have a venous ulcer. Venous ulcers, which are open sores, can occur when the veins in your legs do not push blood back up to your heart as well as they should. Blood backs up in the veins, building up pressure. If not treated, increased pressure and excess fluid in the affected area can cause an open sore to form. If you have an open sore on your leg which is not healing after 2-3 weeks, see your doctor to prevent the wound from declining.
A condition called venous insufficiency can lead to high pressure in the lower leg veins. The increase in pressure and buildup of fluid prevents nutrients and oxygen from getting to tissues. The lack of nutrients causes cells to die, damaging the tissue, and a wound can form. Most venous ulcers occur on the leg, above the ankle. This type of wound can be slow to heal.
Risk factors for venous ulcers include smoking, diabetes, varicose veins, obesity, pregnancy, poor lymph drainage, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and family history of venous insufficiency. If you are at risk of venous leg ulcers (VLU), inspect your feet, toes, and legs every day, looking for cracks and changes in color.
How venous leg ulcers are treated
Treatment for a VLU usually includes keeping the wound clean and bandaged, protecting the skin around the wound, and applying compression. Your doctor will show you how to care for the wound. In addition, the pressure in the leg vein that led to the wound need to be relieved, through medication, elevating the legs, exercising, and sometimes procedures or surgery.
Sometimes a chronic venous leg ulcer fails to heal despite treatment by a doctor.
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“Conclusion: Use of an omega-based complete care protocol resulted in expedited resolution of a chronic venous leg ulceration in a patient that had failed other advanced treatment modalities.” – Complex Venous Leg Ulcer with Underlying DVT and Factor V Leiden Healed Using Novel Omega Fatty Acids Based Therapy, Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS, Adeen Khokhar, DPM, PGY-3, Sarah Abdou, DPM PGY-2, Sonya Wali, DPM PGY-1, St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ