Unna Boot Dressings

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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.