Chronic stasis ulceration remains one of the most recalcitrant of circulatory disorders affecting the skin. Unless venous drainage is improved, for example by bed rest, adequate support bandaging or hosiery, there is little hope of complete and permanent healing of leg ulcers; all other treatments are at best ‘palliative’ and at worst aggravate the condition. Similarly the causative pressure must be relieved if pressure ulcers (bedsores) are to heal.1
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