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Question: My 87 year old mother in law has had a venous stasis ulcer for about 4 months. What is it? How serious is it? How should it be treated? Thank you very much , Adel

Answer: Dear Adel,

Venous Stasis Ulcers are open wounds that do not heal and appear on the lower legs, below the knee and above the ankle. These ulcers are common in people that have suffered for a long time from varicose veins, blood clots, swelling, etc.

Treatment for venous statis ulcers include:

- Elastic wrap bandages
- Compression stockings
- Unna boots

These ulcers can be prevented by not smoking, losing weight, maintaining glucose levels, controling blood pressure, moisturizing skin, wearing comfortable shoes, etc.

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