With leg ulcers, one of the main problems that impedes healing is a lack of adequate circulation to the area and I have a simple massaging technique that can help restore blood flow to an ulcer and speed the healing process.
Skin ulcerations develop in a circular pattern that somewhat resembles a three-layer bulls-eye. At the center of the circle is a red, inflamed area where tissue destruction has taken place--this is the target of the bulls-eye. Just around the outside borders of that red center, you will frequently find an area of pus formation. This area is then surrounded by a rim of swollen tissue which forms the outer boundary.
To promote healing in the ulcer, gently and carefully massages the red center of the ulceration in a circular manner once a day. To block the pain of the massage, use a mixture of 2% lidocaine and an anti-bacterial ointment.
This gentle method of massage increases circulation to the infected area. After a few days, massage the area more firmly and gradually expand the massage to include the outer rim of the circle.
Within a few days, the pain caused by massaging the ulceration will start to subside and there will no longer be any need to use the lidocaine and the ointment. When the infection begins to clear, you may substitute vegetable oil for the antibiotic cream. As treatment continues, the increase in circulation slowly destroys the outer rim of the ulcer. It is the destruction of this bulls-eye border that appears to be the key to the healing process of diabetic lesions.
The main component of the technique is undoubtedly the gentle massaging action, which directly promotes blood flow to the area.