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Venous ulcers usually occur on the lower legs, particularly between the ankle and mid-calf. This area contains very little fat and venous pressure is higher, making it more susceptible to ulceration. Venous ulcers may or may not be secondary to other conditions, such as vasculitis or lymphatic diseases. The ulcerations may be accompanied by pain and/or swelling in the affected area.

Treatment may involve applying and changing dressings as well as addressing problems related to venous insufficiency, lymphedema, and/or other causes that may have created the ulcerations. In some cases surgical treatment may be indicated.

To avoid recurrence after treatment, it's extremely important for patients to follow their doctor's recommendations, which usually include wearing compression hose to prevent blood and fluids from pooling in the lower leg, and walking regularly to improve circulation.

 

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