Wound Care for Chronic Vein Disease
Over the years, Ron Thurm of Sumner, dealt with venous insufficiency (chronic vein disease), a common disorder that affects the veins of the legs. Normal veins have a series of valves that open and close to direct blood flow. If these valves are not working properly, blood can pool in the legs. The pooling, called edema, can cause pain and swelling. The edema stresses the skin to the point where even a minor scratch or bit of pressure can cause sores or ulcers.
In April, Ron’s health care provider, Amy Bodensteiner, PA-C, Christophel Clinic, sent him for wound care at WHC physical therapy. Ron Ragsdale, DPT, was his therapist and has been providing wound care since 1997.
“Ron had open leg sores. We wanted to reduce and eliminate, if possible, the edema in the lower leg in order to promote healing. We began treatment using an Unna Boot – a compression dressing that is used to treat ulcers and sores with light to moderate drainage,” stated Mr. Ragsdale. “The compression helps the valves function again. This allows fluid to return up the leg to the kidneys.”
The dressing contains a zinc oxide paste that helps:
– ease skin irritation
– keep the area moist
– promote healing within wound sites
– new skin cells grow
Ron had treatment twice a week for two weeks and then Mr. Ragsdale showed Ron’s daughter how to apply the wraps. They then met once weekly for a total of five weeks.
The wound has completely healed and treatment is finished. Ron stated, “Listen to Mr. Ragsdale, do what he tells you to do and you’ll have good results.”