Leg Discoloration Specialists

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Precision Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, & McKinney, Texas

Leg discoloration is often a sign of a problem with your circulation, and it’s not something to be ignored. The highly skilled team at Precision Vascular has extensive experience in diagnosing the cause of leg discoloration and treating the underlying causes, so if you want to keep showing your legs the love they deserve, visit one of the Precision Vascular branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas. Book by phone or online today.

Leg Discoloration Q & A

What Causes Leg Discoloration?

Leg discoloration can occur for many reasons, including bruising, burns, stings, poisoning, and even fractures. In these cases, you can probably tell why you have discoloration on your leg because you know you hurt yourself.

However, if you have leg discoloration for no reason you can think of, one of two main conditions might be responsible — chronic venous insufficiency and deep vein thrombosis.

What are Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Deep Vein Thrombosis?

These two conditions are both problems affecting the circulation in your legs, and both cause leg discoloration:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficency: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) develops when the valves in your leg veins aren’t doing their job of stopping blood from traveling the wrong way. If the valves aren’t working properly, blood can start to build up in your veins, causing skin discoloration and affecting your circulation
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where blood in the deep veins of your legs forms clots that block the veins, severely affecting blood flow. Typical symptoms of DVT are leg discoloration, swelling, and pain in the calf, most likely affecting only one of your legs. If you have chronic venous insufficiency, you’re more at risk of developing DVT. The concern about DVT is that a clot could break off and travel to one of your lungs, causing a potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism.


How is Leg Discoloration Treated?

Treating leg discoloration requires an accurate diagnosis of what’s causing the problem. If your provider at Precision Vascular suspects conditions like CVI or DVT after examining your legs, they carry out tests to confirm their diagnosis.  

These tests could include duplex ultrasound, or venography, a special kind of X-ray that uses a radioactive dye to show up the veins and any blood clots.

If you have DVT, you need to take blood-thinning medications or clot-busting drugs to dissolve the clots. Once the clots are gone, you may need further treatment to prevent new clots from developing.

Improve your vein health by wearing compression stockings, losing weight if you need to, and getting more exercise, and it also helps if you can keep your legs raised when you’re sitting down.

If you still have leg discoloration after making these changes, the team at Precision Vascular offers a range of advanced treatments for problem veins:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Precision Vascular physicians use RFA technologies like ClosureFast™, which are extremely effective, minimally invasive procedures. Your provider makes an incision in your leg and uses ultrasound technology to place a catheter, or tiny tube, into the problem vein. Radiofrequency waves directed through the catheter heat the vein until it collapses, and your blood starts taking a different route through healthy veins.
  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is a well-established, minimally invasive procedure in which your provider at Pure Vascular injects a chemical sclerosant into your problem veins. The veins shrink and collapse in much the same way as they do using RF ablation.
  • Phlebectomy: Phlebectomy is the third minimally invasive technique used at Pure Vascular to treat problem veins. It involves making small cuts in your skin, and your provider can thread a specialized instrument through the cuts to remove the veins.


If you have leg discoloration, it’s important to find out what’s causing it and get the right treatment, so call Precision Vascular today or book an appointment online.