Venous Skin Ulcers: Home Treatment - Topic Overview
Long-stretch bandage or short-stretch bandage. These are flexible
bandages that are wrapped tightly around the lower leg to reduce swelling and
improve blood flow. The bandages are
used to help heal a venous ulcer. The ulcer is covered with a dressing before
the bandage is put on. The bandage is put on the leg by a health professional. Caregivers can be trained to apply them too.
Active compression pump.
This pump goes around your lower leg. It has air bags that inflate
and deflate periodically to force blood to flow out of your lower leg toward
your heart. The pump can be used to help heal a venous ulcer
that has not been helped by other types of treatment. The pump is used for several hours each day. It is used along with compression stockings.
Compression stockings. Specially fitted compression stockings are designed to help prevent
fluid from pooling in the legs. You should wear
these stockings every day from the time you wake up until you go
to bed. Remove them only for bathing and sleeping. They can help venous skin ulcers heal and help prevent them from coming
For tips on using compression stockings see:
Compression Stockings: How to Use Them.