Getting Well

Venous Leg Ulcers

Mobile Wound Care & Wound Care Specialist located in Greater Phoenix, AZ

Venous Leg Ulcers services offered in Greater Phoenix, Peoria, AZ

If you have venous ulcers or painful open sores on your skin, contact Annette Kietur, M.Ed., MSN, FNP-C, WCC, DAPWCA, at Getting Well in Peoria, Arizona. She offers a variety of wound treatments through her mobile service to accelerate healing for venous leg ulcers and reduce your risk of infection and other complications. Call the office to learn more about treatment options or book an appointment online today.

Venous Leg Ulcers Q & A

What are venous leg ulcers?

Venous leg ulcers are open sores in your legs caused by blood flow problems. Some venous ulcers don’t heal properly without medical intervention. At the first sign of non-healing sores, see the Getting Well for an initial evaluation. 

What are the symptoms of venous leg ulcers?

Common signs and symptoms associated with venous leg ulcers include:


  • Leg swelling 
  • Leg pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Thin skin
  • Other skin changes
  • Heaviness and cramping
  • Dark red, brown, or purple skin
  • Weeping 
  • Non-healing wounds
  • Shiny, hot, or tight skin


If ulcers get infected, they might drain pus or have a foul odor.

What are the risk factors for venous leg ulcers?

Venous leg ulcers often appear near your ankles because of damaged veins in your legs. Your risk of developing ulcers increases with:

  • Varicose veins
  • A history of blood clots or venous insufficiency 
  • Lymph vessel blockages
  • Fluid buildup in your legs
  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Standing for a long time
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)

CVI occurs when leg veins don’t efficiently pump blood back up to your heart, causing the blood to pool in lower leg veins.

How are venous leg ulcers evaluated?

To evaluate venous leg ulcers, Annette checks your vital signs, discusses your medical history and symptoms, and completes a physical exam. 

She then evaluates your legs, ankles, and feet to look for signs of vein problems and sores. She may also recommend you undergo an ultrasound to get a more in-depth picture of your vein health.

What are some venous leg ulcer treatments?

Common treatments for venous leg ulcers include:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that may reduce your risk of venous leg ulcers include:


  • Getting regular exercise
  • Not smoking
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting plenty of sleep

Properly managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are also vital.


Ensuring that you take your prescribed medication for other underlying conditions (such as for hypertension, diabetes, ect.) is essential for proper healing. 

Wound care

Venous wounds usually drain a lot, and a wound specialist will be able to select the most appropriate dressing and frequency of dressing changes for this situation. 

Compression stockings

Venous insufficiency usually requires compression. Annette will assess your arterial status first to ensure compression doesn’t harm you, and then initiate treatment with compression wraps. 


Surgery or other minor procedures can improve blood flow or remove diseased veins linked with venous leg ulcers. 

Annette collaborates with other specialists for surgical care or other additional treatments as necessary (if healing doesn’t improve within 2-4 weeks). 

Call Getting Well to request an initial evaluation of venous leg ulcers or book an appointment online today.