How can I help prevent a venous leg ulcer from forming or returning?

venous leg ulcer

If you think have a venous leg ulcer, see a vein specialist as it will need proper treatment. A venous leg ulcer is a long-lasting sore that takes weeks or even months to heal. This happens when the blood doesn’t move toward the heart as it should. To help you understand how you can prevent a venous leg ulcer, our vein specialists share with you useful insights  

Causes of leg ulcer 

Venous skin ulcers are caused by poor blood circulation in the legs. When the valves are damaged, they stop flowing blood back to the heart. This blood pools in the vein leading to the formation of a sore. 

Early signs and symptoms of a developing venous leg ulcer

  • Swelling in the leg 
  • Pain 
  • Sensation around the area 
  • Red, purplish and dry skin 

These are some early signs of a developing venous leg ulcer. It would be best to seek treatment at this stage. 

Signs of a developed venous ulcer

  • The sore has a translucent film over it 
  • The skin around the sore feels warm, discoloured and swollen. 

Tips to prevent a venous leg ulcer from forming or returning 

Once your leg ulcer has healed, make sure you keep an eye on that area as venous leg ulcers often return. You can help prevent a leg ulcer from returning or formin taking the following steps: 

  • Protect your skin: Ensure good skin health by moisturising your skin daily. Ask your vein specialist to recommend a lotion. Avoid creams and lotions with perfumes. Do not use harsh or highly perfumed soaps and body wash. Do not expose your skin to extreme temperatures by sitting too close to a room heater or an air conditioner. 
  • Exercising regularly: The best way to promote blood circulation is to exercise. Walking helps the muscles in your lower leg work to push the blood back toward your heart. If you have limited mobility, do ankle exercises while sitting. There are several sitting exercises that your legs can do to keep the blood circulating. 
  • Eating a healthy and balanced diet: Being overweight puts extra pressure on your veins in the legs. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help you maintain a steady weight. Ensure that you keep yourself well-hydrated. 
  • Do not smoke: Smoking is bad for your blood circulation and it makes the healing of venous leg ulcers difficult. If you smoke, quit. If you cannot quit, cut back as much as possible and get professional help.

The best way to prevent venous ulcers from returning is to seek leg ulcer treatment. At Avis Vascular Centre, we are known for treating venous leg ulcers and other vein-related diseases. We have performed over 13,000 procedures. We have a complete setup for diagnosis as well as treatment. We specialize in USFDA approved laser procedures.