Stasis Ulcer

Causes And Care For A Stasis Ulcer

A stasis ulcer is one of three primary types of foot and leg ulcers.  They are generally found on the inner portion of your leg, above your ankle but below your knee.  Medially speaking, ulcers are open sores or wounds that either keep returning or will simply not heal and go away.

The base portion of a stasis ulcer is typically red and is often covered with some yellow fibrous tissues.  If it is infected, there may also be the presence of yellow or green discharge.  With this kind of ulcer, fluid drainage is usually quite significant.

The borders around the ulcer are typically irregularly shaped and the skin that is surrounding them often becomes swollen and discolored as well.  Also, depending on how much swelling is associated with the stasis ulcer, the skin may appear tight, shiny and warm to the touch.

These types of ulcers are quite common in individuals who have leg swelling, varicose veins or blood clots in their personal or family medical history.  This type of ulcer can affect both legs and it is responsible for over 80 percent of the 600,000 Americans who are affected by leg ulcers every year.

Causes Of A Stasis Ulcer

Treatment Options

A stasis ulcer is usually treated by applying a compression to the area to help minimize the swelling.  Such treatments include wearing several layers of compression wraps, ACE bandages or compression stockings from the toes to the knee.  The type of compression needed will be based on the ulcer drainage and its overall characteristics.

 

There are also various types of dressings that may be prescribed based on the appearance of the stasis ulcer, such as:

Other treatment options may include applying antibiotics if there is an infection present, using anti-clotting medications, topical wound care therapy and prosthetics.

Home Care

People with diabetes are very prone to developing a stasis ulcer.  Detecting sores early can help prevent infection.

Prevention