Ways to help leg ulcers
Leg ulcers are a type of leg wound that take more than six weeks to fully heal. Also known as stasis, venous and varicose ulcers, leg ulcers can cause itching, pain and swelling. Other symptoms may include hardening or discolouring of the skin around the wound. Varicose ulcers affect approximately 1 in 500 adults; however, they are ten times more prevalent in those aged 80 and over.
Treatment for leg ulcers
Around 70% of small leg ulcers will heal within three months, although larger ulcers can take longer to heal. Treatment usually involves:
- Cleaning and dressing the wound on a regular basis
- Using compression bandages to control blood pressure in the legs
- Efforts to improve mobility, take regular exercise and, for obese patients, to lose weight
- Treatment of underlying risk factors such as varicose veins
- Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (consult your GP beforehand)
- Using a prescribed emollient
- Keeping the affected leg elevated when seated or lying down
Elevation and support
A recliner chair can certainly help when it comes to keeping the leg elevated. A good recliner chair will allow you to adjust the footrest easily and smoothly, supporting the leg as it does so. This is particularly important as any further injury to the leg can exacerbate varicose ulcers.
Using a recliner chair can help to improve circulation and mobility, which may help to speed up the healing process and prevent further leg ulcers once the existing ulcer has healed.
Arise Mobility offers a broad range of recliner chairs, including electrical versions and riser recliner chairs, which help users to stand more easily from a seated position and vice versa. Its recliner chairs promote comfort, distribute weight evenly, reduce pressure on the affected leg and improve circulation. Contact Arise to find out more about its recliner chair range.
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