Venous Ulcers

    Venous Ulcers (also known as Stasis Ulcers or Venous Stasis Ulcers) are wounds or open sores of the foot and/or leg that will not heal or keep returning.

    Who is At Risk for Venous Ulcers?

    Venous Ulcers typically affect individuals with a history of leg swelling, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, varicose veins, or a history of blood clots of the legs.

    What are Symptoms of Venous Ulcers?

    Symptoms of Venous Ulcers can include:

    • Swelling in the lower legs, especially after prolonged sitting or standing
    • Darkening of skin in the legs
    • Itching or irritation of the legs
    • Leg pains
    • Lesions or open sores of the legs

    If you notice any of these symptoms or suspect that you may have a Venous Ulcer, please consult with your medical professional.

    Can I Prevent Venous Ulcers?

    Since Venous Ulcers are typically the result of other underlying conditions, such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency, the easiest method of prevention is to treat and manage the underlying condition before Venous Ulcers occur.
    If you suspect you are at risk for Venous Ulcers, please consult with a medical professional.

    Are Venous Ulcers Treatable?

    Venous Ulcers are treatable, although they can be difficult to heal and frequently reoccur once they have developed. A variety of treatment options are available depending on the individual's health, medical condition, and ability to care for the wound:

    • Compression treatments
    • Antibiotics (if an infection is present)
    • Topical wound care therapies or dressings
    • Debridement
    • Cell therapy or skin grafts
    • Prosthetics or orthotics

    Always consult with your medical professional for more information or before beginning any treatment plan.

    Read more about Venous Ulcers at Cleveland Clinic