Certain types of wounds in the lower legs are caused by or are made worse by the pooling of blood in the legs. When this happens, the legs become swollen and painful, and wound healing becomes more difficult.
If you have a venous ulcer or a diabetic ulcer in your leg or foot, the wound care experts at Houston Methodist will select the best specialized medical compression therapy to reduce swelling, relieve pain and get the wound healing process back on track.
- Elastic compression garments, such as stockings, push the extra fluid out of the leg and help maintain a normal fluid balance.
- Non-elastic compression wraps are stiffer than elastic stockings and put pressure more directly on the wound and the leg.
- Elastic multi-layer bandaging is wrapped around the leg and is worn moist under compression stockings.
- Sequential compression pumps are often used on immobile patients, for example after surgery or recuperation from an injury, to help circulation; air-filled cuffs or sleeves are placed around legs and pump air to help circulate any extra fluid through the legs.
Today many of the compression products mimic those once custom made. They are available for a range of chronic wounds and patient needs. This method is particularly effective in treating diabetic wounds and those associated with vascular and lymphatic deficiencies.
When used properly and as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, these specialized compression technologies can help speed up the wound healing process and help prevent recurrences.