Patient guide for leg ulcer compression therapy

Download this page as a guide

One of the documents from our series to help you self-care at home.

Download a pdf copy here

Leaflet about compression therapy

Leg ulcer compression therapy for patients and carers

If there are problems with a leg ulcer healing, this is usually because there are problems with the blood return from the leg to the heart.

If there is a good blood supply to the legs, then your healthcare professional should offer compression therapy to improve the blood return.

Compression therapy improves blood return by applying pressure to the lower leg and is very effective at helping leg wounds heal faster, reducing swelling and preventing ulcers coming back. This can be done by bandaging, compression hosiery (socks, stockings or tights) or by wrap systems. There are lots of different types of compression therapy so there will be something that suits you.

Compression can be a little uncomfortable when you first start treatment but should not cause you any pain. Any discomfort should reduce as the swelling goes down. If you do experience discomfort, talk to your healthcare professional and they will suggest ways to reduce the discomfort.

Compression hosiery application videos

How to apply compression hosiery

Actiglide Aid

Compression bandaging application videos

Actico

3M Coban 2-layer

3M Coban 2-layer

Compression wrap application videos

Activa ReadyWrap

Jobst Farrow Wrap

Medi Circaid Juxtalite

Based on a document produced by the National Wound Care Strategy Programme. Accessed from their website on 14 April 2020.

 

Tell us what you think

If there’s anything you want to ask us or tell us, whether it’s a suggestion about our website, a complaint, or a compliment, drop us a line at
support@legsmatter.org