What other factors help the skin in leg ulcer treatment and prevention?
Exercise. Keeping mobile and walking every day uses the muscles in the leg to help pump the water and fluid in the leg back to the heart. This is called the muscle pump. Sitting in chair all day or Standing can effect the speed of leg ulcer healing. If it is not possible to walk much then toe or ankle exercises help the muscle pump.
Skin Care. Good skin care with moisturising cream or aqueous cream purchased from a pharmacy keeps the skin moist avoiding dry and scaly skin. If dry and scaly skin occurs this can increase the risk of skin infection, irritation and leg ulcers.
Nutrition. To aid wound healing a very well-balanced diet and good hydration helps skin nutrition and healing. If there is any lacking of nutrients this could delay wound healing and consulting your family doctor or taking food or vitamin supplements sometimes may be required.
Compression Stockings. Sometimes it is necessary to wear compression stockings, either in the short or long term. These should be advised by your specialist or family doctor. They come in 3 strengths, Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3.