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Venous Ulcer

A venous ulcer is a sore on your skin, usually on the foot, that is slow to heal because of venous insufficiency. They can be painful, ooze, and become infected if left untreated.


Risk factors for venous ulcers include:
  • Varicose veins, blood clots or phlebitis
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Previous leg injuryand skill to each procedure, and take a personal interest in your well-being

Diagnosis, treatment and technologies


Your provider will likely confirm a venous ulcer by visually examining the wound. Further diagnostic imaging, like an ultrasound can help determine whether poor vein health in your legs is causing the ulcer. Our team of highly-trained physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, technicians, and clinical staff can assess the best treatment options for you.


Venous ulcers are usually treated with proper wound treatment and compression stockings. However, the underlying cause of your venous ulcer should also be addressed. There are many non- and minimally invasive ways to treat varicose veins, which lead to venous ulcers. Lifestyle adjustments like more moving more frequently and regularly elevating your legs can help alleviate swelling and promote blood flow.

Your legs can reflect your overall health.
What do yours say about you?

Healthy legs, healthy you

Routine vein and vascular screenings can help in the early detection of potentially serious problems. CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute (NEHVI) offers extensive screening services in our vascular lab. 


Vascular team

Our vascular physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and support staff bring extensive expertise and skill to each procedure, and take a personal interest in your well-being.

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