Millions of people suffer from chronic leg swelling. In most cases, support hose and leg elevation will resolve the problem.
In severe cases of leg swelling, especially when venous stasis ulcers are present a outpatient remedy is available using Unna boot compression therapy. The Unna boot has been used for almost 200 years. A zinc oxide impregnated gauze wrapping is applied for up to a week. This therapy promotes healing while decreasing the swelling. Results are often dramatic. At PVA, we are always looking for better treatments, but proven and inexpensive traditional treatment modalities remain a valuable part of our practice.