Hartmann Econo-Paste Unna Boot
3″ x 10 Yards
Unna Boot with Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, and Gelatin: Used in the compression treatment of ulcers, edema, and strains of the extremities. 3 x 10 Yards.
1 Per Box
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Unna Boot?
An Unna’s boot (also Unna boot) is a special gauze (usually 4 inches wide and 10 yards long) bandage, which can be used for the treatment of venous stasis ulcers and other venous insufficiencies of the leg. It can also be used as a supportive bandage for sprains and strains of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. The gauze is impregnated with a thick, creamy mixture of zinc oxide and calamine to promote healing. It may also contain acacia, glycerin, castor oil, and white petrolatum.
The Unna’s boot was named after German dermatologist Paul Gerson Unna.
The Unna’s Boot itself is a compression dressing, usually made of cotton, that contains zinc oxide paste. The zinc oxide paste in the Unna’s Boot helps ease skin irritation and keeps the area moist. The zinc promotes healing within wound sites, making it useful for burns and ulcers. Zinc oxide paste is superior to gelatins used in other dressings because it does not harden or cake. Some Unna Boots also contain calamine lotion and glycerin.
For venous stasis ulcers, the paste-impregnated wrap is covered by an elastic layer, generally an elastic wrap (“ACE” bandage) or self-adherent elastic bandage such as Coban; this is referred to as a 2-layer compression bandage. An alternative treatment is a 4-layer, graduated compression wrap (Pro-Fore is an example). Evidence indicates that both are equally effective in healing venous stasis ulcers — a slow process in the best of circumstances, often taking 2–6 months.
How is an Unna boot applied?
The boot is applied by a healthcare provider.
- You will need to elevate your leg above your heart for about 20 minutes before the boot is applied. This will help decrease swelling in your lower leg.
- Your wound will be covered with a layer of gauze that contains petroleum jelly.
- Your healthcare provider will wrap your leg from the base of your toes up to your knee. The first layer is gauze that has been soaked in medicines and lotions to help your wound heal. One or 2 layers of dry gauze will then be applied. Your leg may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage.
- The boot will become stiff as it dries. The boot will feel tight at first and begin to loosen slightly as you walk.
- Your Unna boot will be changed at least once every 7 days. Your wound will be cleaned and measured to make sure it is healing with each boot change.
How can I help my wound heal?
- Keep your boot dry. Ask how to cover it when you take a shower or bath.
- Manage your health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Your wound may not heal or new wounds may form if your health conditions are not controlled. Take your medicines as directed. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions if you have high blood pressure. Check your blood sugar levels as directed if you have diabetes.
- Walk daily to help the boot compress and improve blood flow. Ask your healthcare provider how long you should walk each day.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods to promote wound healing. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
When should I contact my healthcare provider?
- Your boot feels very tight or loose after you walk.
- Drainage from your wound soaks through the boot.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
When should I remove the boot and seek immediate care?
- Your leg itches and feels warm.
- Your toes tingle, feel numb or change color.
- Your boot causes pain in your foot or leg when you walk.
- You have swelling above or below your boot.