How do I prevent a venous leg ulcer?

The important thing to understand is that venous ulcers are mainly preventable.  The legs should be looked at regularly to ensure there is no brown staining, little red/blue blood vessels over the ankle or swelling of the feet and ankle.  If there is any of these signs then it is important to see a specialist nurse or a specialist clinic to be assessed.  If they decide the leg is at risk of ulceration they are likely to prescribe compression hosiery.

Compression acts in place of the faulty valves by closing the veins and stopping the blood from returning to the feet where it would cause swelling.  The first thing to be noted when compression is worn, is how light the feet feel as the swelling reduces.  Any pain caused by this swelling will be greatly reduced or will be alleviated completely.