What Are Venous Leg Ulcers?

Circulation problems contribute to venous leg ulcers — open, swollen, red sores that leak fluid. While most injuries heal on their own, venous ulcers heal very slowly or not at all. As a result, they’re highly vulnerable to infection and painful, dangerous complications. 

Our team of vein specialists here at Precision Vascular offers expert treatments to treat venous leg ulcers, and when possible, prevent them from forming in the first place. With offices in Dallas, Arlington, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, getting the treatment you need for vascular health problems couldn’t be more convenient. 

What are venous leg ulcers?

In general terms, an ulcer is an open wound on your body that might not heal as expected. They typically develop when you have a minor skin injury that doesn’t heal, but instead worsens and expands. 

Venous insufficiency is a leading cause of ulcers on your legs and feet. The disease occurs when you have weakness in the valves in your veins. As a result, your blood doesn’t move efficiently and can even flow backward and pool in weak sections of the vein. 

Reduced circulation not only damages your veins and the surrounding tissue but also contributes to nerve damage and prevents fresh, oxygenated blood from reaching injured tissue. 

Venous leg ulcers are common. Around 80% of leg ulcers are due to venous diseases. Your risk is compounded if your vascular health problems have caused neuropathy. Neuropathy reduces the sensitivity of your skin, increasing your risk of unnoticed injuries and infection.

Are they dangerous?

When untreated, yes, venous leg ulcers are potentially dangerous. Open wounds are perfect breeding grounds for viral and bacterial infections that lead to conditions like cellulitis and gangrene. If these infections lead to necrosis — tissue death — you could end up needing amputation. 

Fortunately, with effective medical treatment, you can take care of your leg ulcers and reduce your risk of infection and other complications. 

When should I talk to a doctor about venous leg ulcers?

If you have vascular health problems, neuropathy, or diabetes, you should talk to your doctor about leg ulcers before they occur. With personalized preventive care, you can stop ulcers from forming. 

However, if you find an ulcer on your leg, give us a call or make an appointment online today. Our specialists provide thorough exams to assess your wound and determine the best course of treatment. In most cases, our team recommends two-pronged treatment plans to address your ulcer and the condition causing it. 

Treating leg ulcers

Your doctor here at Precision Vascular cleans and medicates your leg ulcers. They provide clean dressings and instructions for taking care of your leg ulcers at home. Make sure to follow their instructions to reduce your risk of infection and promote healing. 

Ulcers can take a long time to heal, so don’t feel discouraged. Keeping your wounds clean and preventing infections is critical to your health. In some cases, large ulcers require surgery or skin grafts to close them.

Treating venous insufficiency

Without treating the root cause of your leg ulcers, you run the risk of developing new wounds in the future. Our doctors a variety of treatments to address venous insufficiency, including:

We offer thorough exams and consultations before recommending any treatments. We can answer questions about your condition and your treatment options to help you make educated decisions about your health care. 

How can I reduce my risk of leg ulcers?

If you have varicose veins or other vascular disease symptoms, make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment right away. It’s easier to treat the underlying condition and prevent ulcers than to manage open wounds. 

You should also manage your weight, get daily exercise, and wear compression stockings if you have a career that keeps you on your feet all day. 

If you need an expert for vascular health care for leg ulcers or other problems, call any of our conveniently located offices or make an appointment online today.

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