Unna Boot Dressings

Unna Boot Dressings are compression dressings that are worn around the foot or leg. They are usually made up of cotton and are uniformly impregnated with non-hardening zinc-oxide. The zinc oxide paste soothes the irritated skin and promotes wound healing by keeping the area moist. In addition to the zinc oxide, Unna boot wraps may also contain calamine lotion, glycerine and gelatine. Unna boots are mostly used for active people who can move on their own as opposed to people who are confined to bed or wheelchair. At Shop Wound Care, we offer a wide range of Unna boot dressings from various top-selling manufacturers like BSN Medical, Convatec, Mckesson, Reliamed, etc.

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What are Unna Boot Indications?

Unna boot dressings are indicated for use in the following situations:

  • Light-to-moderately exuding wounds
  • Necrotic leg and foot ulcers
  • Strains and sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Edemas
  • Burns
  • Sores

How is an Unna Boot Dressing applied?

Unna boot dressing is applied in the following manner:

  • Unna boot wraps are usually applied by healthcare professionals.
  • You will be required to raise your leg above the heart for about 20 minutes to decrease the swelling in your lower leg.
  • Your wound will then be covered by a layer of gauze that contains petroleum jelly.
  • Your healthcare provider will start wrapping your leg from the toe to the knee. The first layer of gauze is soaked in lotions or medicines to promote wound healing.
  • Then one or two layers of dry gauze are applied. An elastic bandage can also be wrapped around the leg.
  • The Unna boot dressing will become stiffer as it dries. At first, it will feel tight but will start getting slightly loose as you walk.
  • Unna boot wrap should be changed once every 7 days. The wound site should be checked during dressing change to make sure that it is healing.