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Unna Boot

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is an Unna boot?

An Unna boot is a compression dressing made by wrapping layers of gauze around your leg and foot. It is often used to protect an ulcer or open wound. The compression of the dressing helps improve blood flow in your lower leg. Compression also helps decrease swelling and pain. You may need to wear the boot for a few weeks or until your wound heals.

How is an Unna boot applied?

The boot is applied by a healthcare provider.

How can I help my wound heal?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I remove the boot and seek immediate care?

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