WOUND & SKIN CARE: Managing venous and neuropathic ulcers

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 68 - 68
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  • Venous ulcers: Lower leg lament

  • Neuropathic ulcers: Wounds underfoot

  • Troubling combinations


    YOU MAY THINK of wounds as having one etiology; for example, vascular (venous or arterial) or neuropathic. But many wounds are caused by a combination of factors. In patients with diabetes, for example, vascular complications may lead to wounds with both vascular and neuropathic qualities. Here, we'll discuss how to manage this kind of wound. Let's start with a review of the two ulcer types.

    Venous ulcers: Lower leg lament

    Venous ulcers, caused by venous insufficiency, usually are found on the legs and feet and are most common on the medial aspect of the ankle above the malleolus. Treatment includes caring for the wound and managing the underlying venous disease.

    The traditional therapy for venous ulcers is compression therapy and limb elevation. Besides ...

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