Senior Health Tips for Treating and Preventing Leg Ulcers

Venous stasis ulcers affect many older adults who suffer from poor circulation, and those with varicose veins have a higher risk of developing them. For those who have varicose veins, leg ulcers can develop after even minor injuries, due to the consistently high pressure in the veins of the legs affecting the surrounding skin health.

Initially, leg ulcer symptoms begin with those associated with stressed varicose veins and can include pain, swelling, achiness, itchiness, or tiredness in the legs. As skin problems develop, a red, irritated skin rash often appears, which then becomes an open wound.

Leg ulcers can take weeks or months to heal, and some never do. Wearing compression stockings, losing weight, exercising regularly, and leg elevation can help to prevent leg ulcers. Once an ulcer develops, leg ulcer treatment typically involves cleaning and dressing the area, compression bandages or stockings, and sometimes antibiotics. Without the right treatment the healing process can be quite difficult.

However, unless the underlying cause of the leg ulcer is addressed, there’s a much higher risk of recurrence. Today, there are minimally invasive options for varicose vein removal, which are performed by a varicose vein specialist and are aided by laser technology. These include sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation.

Safe and minimally invasive laser vein treatments eradicate problem veins and reduce the risk of venous leg ulcers without scarring, while delivering highly effective results, with no virtually no pain or discomfort. Utilizing this method of vein removal surgery offers an opportunity for those who suffer from varicose veins to eliminate them, without fear of pain or scarring.

With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding venous stasis leg ulcers and their treatment, please contact 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

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 West Palm Beach Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North 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.

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