Implications for clinical practice

Compression appears to reduce the risk of recurrent venous ulceration, and should be recommended for all patients with a history of venous leg ulcers as long as they do not have any other conditions that would make this therapy potentially harmful (for example arterial disease).

• The use of long-term limb compression therapy for those with a healed venous leg ulcer is associated with a decreased rate of recurrence, although poor compliance does compromise the effectiveness of this treatment.

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