Medical & Surgical Dermatology

Venous Ulcers

Venous ulcers are sores typically located on the lower leg, and they can be very painful. Venous ulcers occur because of the breakdown of normal tissue due to high pressure in the veins in the legs and venous disease.

Treatment Options

Treatment must begin immediately after a venous ulcer forms. Percutaneous Terminal Interruption of Reflux Source (TIRS) is a relatively new technique for healing venous ulcers. The TIRS procedure reduces venous hypertension by injecting foam into the veins in the ulcer area, and allows the venous ulcer to heal.

Reducing the pressure in the veins, elevating the leg and keeping the ulcer clean and dry are crucial to preventing recurrence of venous ulcers. Wearing compression stockings or leg wraps helps reduce the pressure, and your Water’s Edge Dermatologist will determine the type of dressing to use on your ulcer.



Preventing venous ulcers involves controlling your exposure to the risk factors.

Steps to preventing venous ulcers:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you have a venous condition, seek treatment before it gets worse

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