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Venous ulcers, sometimes called stasis ulcers, are lesions on the lower limbs that develop as a result of inadequate vein circulation. These ulcers are a major consequence of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and usually appear on the legs, frequently around the ankles. Blood pools in the lower legs instead of returning to the heart when the valves in the leg veins malfunction, a condition known as CVI. This blood clotting raises the vein's pressure, which damages the vessel walls and eventually causes ulcers to appear. Older persons are more likely to develop venous ulcers, particularly if they have a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), are obese, have sedentary lives, or have a family history of venous disease. Presence of a wound, which can be fairly wide and irregularly shaped, even though it may appear superficial, is one of the classic signs of a venous ulcer. Because fluid from the surrounding tissues leaks out of these ulcers, they frequently have a wet, bleeding appearance. In addition to feeling warm to the touch, the skin surrounding the ulcer may be discolored, usually taking on a reddish-brown tint. Venous ulcer patients can feel everything from minor discomfort to excruciating throbbing or aching in their bodies. Walking or standing up usually makes the pain worse; when the legs are raised, the pain usually becomes better. When at rest, people with venous ulcers must raise their legs in order to assist minimize pain and edema. A venous ulcer is often diagnosed based on the patient's medical history and clinical presentation. A medical professional will assess the ulcer, noting its dimensions, appearance, and depth. In order to evaluate blood flow in the affected location and rule out other disorders like arterial insufficiency, they might also do tests like a Doppler ultrasonography. The goals of venous ulcer treatment are to control symptoms, encourage healing, and avoid infection. Usually, this includes: Compression therapy is the use of stockings or bandages to the legs to increase blood flow and decrease edema. Wound care: To keep the ulcer clean and encourage healing, change the dressing and clean it on a regular basis. Medications: Topical creams or dressings to control infection and aid in wound healing. Modifications to lifestyle: Advise patients to keep a healthy weight, exercise frequently, and elevate their legs when at rest. Surgery: To enhance venous circulation, surgery may be required in severe situations or when other therapies have failed. Venous ulcers can heal with the right care and attention, but the healing process may take some time and may need continuous attention. People who have venous ulcers must collaborate closely with their medical professionals to create a customized, all-inclusive treatment strategy.