Diagnosing and Treating Leg Ulcers caused by Venous Insufficiency

August 3, 2021 • zburt • Vein TreatmentVein Ulcers
If you have an open sore on your leg that doesn’t have another explanation, you may be dealing with a vein ulcer or leg ulcer caused by venous insufficiency. This condition can appear quite alarming because the sores take quite some time to heal. The good news is there are some steps you can take at home to help. Here’s what you need to know about leg ulcers, including how to self-diagnose and the best treatment options available.

Causes of Vein Ulcers

Vein ulcers occur when your leg veins aren’t able to push blood back up toward your heart as effectively as your body needs them to. Your veins all have one-way valves that should keep blood flowing the right direction, but these valves can weaken or become damaged. This condition is called venous insufficiency. As blood begins to pool up in the leg veins, it increases the pressure in these veins. Fluid builds up and tissue becomes damaged, eventually resulting in a vein ulcer. Certain factors can increase your risk of vein ulcers. These include varicose veins, being tall, smoking, obesity, and a history of DVT or venous insufficiency.

Caring for These Ulcers

If you have an ulcer that is not healing, you may need to consult with your health care provider for specific instructions. These general steps will usually help, though:
  • Clean and bandage the wound to stave off infection.
  • Keep the healthy tissues around the wound as dry as possible. Too much wetness can weaken those tissues and expand the ulcer.
  • Wear a compression stocking over the bandaged ulcer.
  • Keep your feet elevated (above your heart) as often as you can.
  • Continue exercising as best you can.
If self care does not seem to be improving the condition of your vein ulcers, you may need to seek leg ulcer treatment.

Preventing Leg Ulcers

Before ulcers form, many people experience an irritated, itchy skin condition called stasis dermatitis. This is the first sign that blood is leaking toward the surface. The next step is the development of dark, hardened skin, which reveals that blood is beginning to pool. If you suspect you’re experiencing stasis dermatitis or are seeing new areas of dark, hardened skin, begin taking steps to try and prevent an ulcer from forming. Staying active and resting well at night are two of the best steps you can take.

Leg Ulcer Treatment

If leg ulcers don’t heal within three or four months following a doctor’s advice, you may need to pursue more aggressive treatment. The same procedures that remedy varicose veins can help to improve blood flow, which lowers your risk of leg ulcers. Other treatments may be appropriate depending on your circumstances. A consultation with a vein treatment center can help you know your options.

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Tri-City Vein has been a leader in vein treatments in Phoenix, Arizona for many years. Our many satisfied patients speak for themselves, and we’re ready to serve you as well. We provide many vein treatments options, including leg ulcer treatment. Meet Our Vein Physicians in Phoenix or schedule your consultation today!...

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