Venous leg ulcers can result from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT, often caused by long-haul airplane flights), but can also occur in some people who have left their varicose veins untreated for a long time. In essence, the sooner you have your varicose veins treated, the better, in order to avoid the possible complication of venous leg ulcers. Click here for the treatments we offer for varicose veins.
The first stage of treatment for venous leg ulcers is compression bandaging of the affected leg, from the foot to just below the knee. This reduces the pressure that the veins exert on the skin, thus allowing the ulcer to heal. The bandaging is normally applied by a Vascular or District nurse, and conveniently allows you to continue with most of your everyday activities during this treatment period.
Once the venous leg ulcer has healed, the varicose veins in the leg that originally caused the ulcer are treated as per normal – click here to read about this treatment.