Stasis Ulcer

ExitCare Image A stasis ulcer is a sore on the skin. It occurs in the legs when your blood flow is damaged.

HOME CARE

  • Do not stand or sit in one position for a long time. Do not sit with your legs crossed. Raise (elevate) your legs.

  • Wear elastic stockings (compression stockings). Do not wear tight clothing around the legs or waist area. Use and apply bandages (dressings) as told.

  • Walk as much as possible. If you take long car or plane rides, take a break to walk around every 2 hours.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Raise the end of your bed with 2-inch blocks only if your doctor says it is okay.

  • If you cut the skin on your leg, lie down and raise your leg. Gently clean the area with a clean cloth. Then, put pressure on the cut until the bleeding stops. Put a bandage on.

  • Keep all doctor visits.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The ulcer area starts to break down.

  • You have pain, redness, or tenderness in or around the ulcer.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) or hard puffiness (swelling) in or around the ulcer.

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • You get a fever.

  • You have chest pain or shortness of breath.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.