What are Venous Ulcers?

Vein disease causes increased pressure, metabolites and fluid in the legs. These can lead to skin changes and eventual skin breakdown. When the skin breaks down and wound forms, this is called an ulcer. With vein disease most commonly causes ulcers along the inner ankle. These venous ulcers can be challenging to heal. Wound specialists will usually use special dressings with medication and tight wraps to help decrease the pooling of fluid in the lower leg.

Diagnosis

Ulcers in the legs can be caused by veins, arteries or repetitive injuries. Veins are the most common cause of leg ulcers! They cause 5x more ulcers than arteries. For that reason it is very important to have a thorough ultrasound of the legs to help identify the underlying cause of the ulcer. Our full time ultrasound lab is focused only on blood vessel problems in the legs. Every person with a leg ulcer needs to be evaluated for blood vessel problems!

Treatment

Wound care is very important to help heal leg ulcers. Historically, compression wrapping of the legs was the mainstay of therapy to help healing. However, modern research has shown that the treatment of the underlying veins is also imperative for complete healing. Treatment of the bad veins can result in faster healing for up to 50% of patients. Most importantly, the recurrence rate of venous ulcers drops significantly after treatment of veins. In other words, you have to fix the underlying problem to make sure it doesn’t happen again!

We can help diagnose the cause of your ulcers and help you heal. Our doctors are experienced with the most cutting edge therapies to promote wound healing. We take all insurance plans. Come see us today!