Why do leg ulcers take so long to heal? Usually because there's swelling. And almost always because there's poor circulation.
Venous leg ulcers
Venous ulcers form when poor circulation reduces blood flow and slows your body’s natural healing process. These leg ulcers are quite common, and even more so as we age.
Diabetics get ulcers in their calves, ankles and feet. Poor circulation and neuropathy (nerve) issues are complications of diabetes that bring slower healing with reduced sensitivity. That means small cuts and scrapes can develop unnoticed into painful ulcers.
Ulcers left on their own can take 4 to 6 months or longer to heal. Reduce your healing time from months to weeks with the combination of lymphatic massage and compression bandaging, called CDT. A compression garment is then recommended to avoid future ulcers and support leg health. We treat ulcers with and without active infection and stay in contact with your doctor during the process.