Treating Venous Leg Ulcers
Venous leg ulcers are associated with advanced vein diseases. They manifest in the form of sores or break in your skin and can indicate that you have had vein disease for a long time. Of course, there can be other causes of similar ulceration including autoimmune diseases, skin cancers, arterial insufficiency associated with atherosclerosis, and vasculitis. If the cause is a vein disease, then an ultrasound will confirm it by identifying venous hypertension and venous reflux, which are responsible for the ulcers. Any physician who has a lot of experience with advanced vein diseases will usually be able to diagnose the problem through examination.
Venous Leg Ulcers: Symptoms, Problems and Treatment
- Symptoms and associated problems: These ulcers usually occur just above your ankle and on the inside of your leg. Sometimes however, ulcers will also appear on the outside or on the back portion of your leg. They occur frequently and don't heal very easily, especially if underlying vein problems are not diagnosed and/or treated properly. The ulceration usually happens in an area that has some amount of inflammation, redness, soft tissue, and tender skin. In addition, chronic venous insufficiency is also very common. The condition involves high venous pressure resulting from failed valves in your veins. If you have a break in your skin which is not the result of an injury or if you have a sore that is taking too long to heal, then it is time for you to seek medical attention. You may also have to be on the lookout for discolored skin which feels hot to touch or swelling with tight skin around the affected area.
- Treatment: Compression therapy is the starting point for treating venous leg ulcers. Unna boot, which is an inelastic bandage, is used. The compression helps to control the swelling, to improve venous circulation, as well as to start the process of healing the ulcers. Eventually, the increased venous pressure will need to treated. For this, laser ablation, endovenous radio-frequency, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy can be employed. Such procedures are mostly minimally invasive.
Interested In Learning More About Venous Leg Ulcers? Contact The Reeder Vein Institute Today
If you're experiencing venous leg ulcers, contact the Reeder Vein Institute. We have offices in both Dallas and Fort Worth and can be reached at 972-566-3040. We hope to hear from you soon.
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