Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Treating Ulcers
If leg swelling due to chronic venous insufficiency isn’t controlled, an ulcer (open wound) can form. Although ulcers vary in size and shape, they usually appear on the inside of the ankle.
Treating an Ulcer
Visit your doctor. Ulcers need frequent medical care. Special dressings may be applied. You may be given antibiotics to fight infection.
Elevate your legs often to reduce swelling. The ulcer needs oxygen-rich blood to heal. This blood can’t reach the ulcer until swelling is reduced.
When to Call Your Doctor
You have an increase in pain.
You develop a fever of
101.0°F or higher.
The ulcer oozes discolored fluid or smells bad.
Swelling increases suddenly or the dressing feels tight.