Venous stasis ulcers are commonly called leg ulcers. They develop in areas where blood pools and swelling interferes with the movement of oxygen and nutrients through the tissues. They generally appear just above the ankle on the inside of the leg and can be very painful. Typically, a red, irritated skin rash develops into an open wound.
Leg ulcers are usually recurrent, and open ulcers can persist from weeks to years. The most common early leg ulcers symptoms are chronically swollen ankles, brown staining on the skin around the ankles, and there may also be dull aching, cramping, or feeling of heaviness in the legs and feet that becomes worse after prolonged standing.
A gradient compression stocking that fits properly can temporarily reduce the discomfort and skin damage effects. These stockings achieve this result by providing a controlled amount of pressure that is greatest at the ankle and that gradually decreases as it moves up the leg. This increased pressure in the tissue of the lower area can help to prevent swelling, and promote better circulation.
However, these stockings must be worn while standing, are often difficult to put on, and generally lose some of their compression as time goes by, requiring regular replacement. Although gradient compression stockings are effective only temporarily, other highly-effective, non-surgical leg ulcers treatment is available.
It’s important to consult with a specialist vein doctor to determine if gradient compression stockings can help to provide relief for your symptoms. A vein specialist can provide information on these and other therapies to treat your varicose and spider veins.
The vein specialists at the Goldman Vein Institute strongly encourage patients to seek treatment for leg ulcers and other complications of venous insufficiency. In our state-of-the-art vein clinic, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman use the latest in vein treatment technology to help patients get back on their feet and find relief from painful ulcers and swollen, aching, and tired legs.
If you would like more information on treatment for your leg ulcers, please contact the vein specialists at the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, 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 and Wellington 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.