Vein and Body Specialists is located in Bellevue and serves Sandusky, Fremont, and Norwalk, Ohio with the very best in venous care, including treatment of venous ulcers. Our team of board-certified radiologists and specialists know just how troublesome vein diseases can be, and we’re here to help you in any way we can. If you have venous ulcers, contact us today.
What Are Venous Ulcers?
A venous ulcer, or leg ulcer, is a wound or open sore on the leg, which is slow or impossible to heal. Individuals with venous ulcers will notice that these sores will sometimes heal without treatment only to reappear again without trauma or injury.
What Causes Venous Ulcers?
A venous ulcer occurs on the legs when there is poor circulation and weakened or damaged valves inside the veins. When the valves are weakened or damaged, the veins cannot effectively pump the blood back up to the heart. This results in a buildup of fluid in the lower extremities, which can lead to a variety of issues, including ulcers when the tissues around the engorged veins break down.
What Are The Symptoms Of Venous Ulcers?
The first symptom of venous ulcers is swelling around the ankle and a condition called venous stasis dermatitis. The ulcer itself will likely appear next. Leg ulcers are wounds that are purple or red in color, with cracked or scaly skin around them. In many cases, a varicose vein will be visible near the sore itself, which is an identifying connection between the sore and an underlying vein disease. It is common to feel pain and tenderness at the site of a venous ulcer, and it is important to seek treatment to avoid infection.
What Is The Treatment For Venous Ulcers?
The most effective way to treat venous ulcers is by lowering the venous pressure. The venous pressure occurs when valves are weakened or damaged. This can cause many additional vein conditions and symptoms. Our effective vein treatments can help to correct this issue and prevent future vein ulcers from reoccurring.
At your initial consultation, we will assess your current symptoms, diagnose the underlying vein disease (if any) and determine a safe, effective personalized treatment plan just for you. We may also recommend some at-home measures to lessen symptoms throughout treatment, such as compression stockings, leg elevation or leg exercises.
If you have symptoms of venous ulcers, Vein and Body Specialists will devise a vein treatment plan to lower your venous pressure back to normal. Located in Bellevue and serving Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Ohio, we look forward to helping you feel your best.