Compression Therapy and Leg Ulcers

Compression Socks of multiple colors to improve vein health.

Leg ulcers are chronic sores on your leg that can take weeks to months to heal due to poor circulation. A chronic leg ulcer is typically the result of underlying medical conditions, a history of leg ulcers, injury or surgery on the affected area.

At Central Florida Vein and Vascular, we are proud to offer compression therapy for leg ulcers caused by venous disease to help patients heal while improving blood flow. Whether this is your first appointment with us or one of many, you will experience personalized care as we help you feel and look your best.

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How Does Compression Therapy Works?

The veins in your legs move blood upward to the heart by using valves. Ineffective valves in the vein system can cause blood to flow down toward the feet and pool there, which can damage the surrounding tissues.

When there is too much pressure in the venous system due to blood collecting or incorrect blood flow, this pressure can transmit to the skin and overpower the circulation, which can cause a decline in the skin’s health. Over time, this issue may eventually lead to skin breakdown or ulceration. Luckily, compression therapy aids in effectively counterbalancing the buildup of pressure from the venous system to keep the skin and veins healthier.

Our vein specialists at Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center will work with you to determine the correct compression level depending on how constricted the blood flow is in your legs. We will then help you create a personalized treatment plan.

How Do You Treat Leg Ulcers?

Compression therapy is an effective treatment option and helps improve blood flow while providing effective pain relief for leg ulcers. Since the legs experience the least amount of swelling in the morning, patients should put their compression socks on before getting out of bed. To put on your compression stockings:

  1. Hold the stocking at the top and roll the material down to the heel.
  2. Put your toes into the stocking as far as they will go before placing your heel down into the heel of the sock.
  3. Pull the stocking up and unroll the material over your leg.
  4. After unrolling the stocking, smooth out any wrinkles.
  5. Keep an eye on your stockings throughout the day, and do not let them become wrinkled or bunched.

You may experience some discomfort when you start compression for venous insufficiency as your legs adjust to the stockings and the level of pressure decreases. If you begin experiencing pain, please contact Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center as soon as possible.

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Schedule an Appointment at Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center Today

As a member of the Florida Vascular Society and many other associations for treating venous and lymphatic disease, Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center provides outstanding, expert vein care. From the first phone call to your last appointment with us, we will provide personalized services to meet your needs. Our entire staff has intensive knowledge of venous diseases to provide the highest level of care.

If you would like to learn more about our services or start compression therapy for a leg ulcer, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at one of our three Florida locations in Ocoee, Kissimmee or The Villages today!

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