Typically, leg ulcers develop above the ankle, on the inside of the leg and can become painful if not treated by a professional vein expert. These leg ulcers generally take many weeks to heal and are actually classed as non-healing wounds by medical professionals. For this reason they require specialist non-healing wound treatment. The most common cause of leg ulcers, known as venous statis ulcers, develops when chronically high pressure in the veins causes damage to the skin.
Although, venous statis ulcers are responsible for about eighty percent of leg ulcerations, there may be other causes, such as malignant leg ulcers, or those caused by caused by arterial disease or diabetes. However, the latter two of the conditions usually result in ulcers on the foot rather than on the leg.
Leg ulcer symptoms
Leg ulcer symptoms often include a dull ache, tenderness or pain in the legs, swelling, eczema of the surrounding skin, varicose veins , and hyperpigmentation. The early signs of venous ulcers may include darkened or discolored skin around the ankle, or skin that feels leathery or waxy to the touch.
Leg ulcer treatment
The objectives of leg ulcer treatment are to reduce swelling, improve healing, and prevent recurrence. Fortunately, endovenous laser ablation techniques have been shown to effectively treat leg ulcers and greatly reduce the risk of recurrence. However, because smaller, newer ulcers are easier to treat than larger or infected leg ulcers, it’s crucial to seek treatment from an experienced vein specialist at the first sign of a venous skin ulcer.
Vein specialists at Goldman Vein Institute
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, leg ulcers, restless legs, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter, Wellington, and West Palm Beach Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.
If you would like more information about treating leg ulcers, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our three convenient locations: Jupiter 561-625-9853, Wellington 561-790-4550, or West Palm Beach 561-429-8236, or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.