If you are in Jupiter and you are suffering from Venous Leg Ulcers, the Goldman Vein Institute can help!
What Is a Venous Leg Ulcer?
A venous leg ulcer is a sore that usually develops on the inner leg, just above the ankle area. It is a long-lasting sore that will often take more than 4 to 6 weeks to heal.
Below are the common symptoms:
- A visible sore or seeming loss of skin above the ankle,
- Pain in the area,
- Itching and swelling in the leg,
- Discolored or hardened skin around the ulcer/sore, and/or
- In some cases, the sore may ooze a smelly discharge.
What Causes Venous Leg Ulcers?
Increased blood pressure in the leg veins can cause the vein pumps to fail, resulting in pooled blood which eventually turns into an ulcer. Ulcers usually occur when the leg is bumped or scratched. Vein ulcers will usually not heal without you seeking expert advice and treatment.
What Treatments Are Available?
There are three effective forms of treatment for venous ulcers:
- Foam sclerotherapy of the varicose veins,
- Apply special compression hose to the leg for support when standing and walking, and/or
- Elevate the affected leg for as long as possible to prevent pooling of the blood and to allow healing.
- Are Venous Stasis Ulcers Painful?
Venous stasis ulcers can present a dull ache or pain in the lower leg by the ankle. This pain can subside when the legs are elevated.
- What Are the First Signs of a Leg Ulcer?
- Swollen ankles,
- Visible leg veins,
- A heavy feeling in the leg accompanied by a dull ache,
- Pain when standing for long periods, and/or
- Discoloration in the skin above the ankle.
- How Long Does a Venous Leg Ulcer Take to Heal?
With the correct treatment, it can take between 3 and 4 months for a venous leg ulcer to heal.
- Will the Leg Ulcer Come Back After Treatment?
If the underlying cause of the ulcer is treated and rectified, there may be no recurrence of the ulcer. In some cases, however, the ulcer may not be healed and can return when the underlying cause flares up.
- How Can I Speed Up My Recovery from A Leg Ulcer?
- Recovery can be sped up by:
- Wearing the compression hoses,
- Dressing the ulcer correctly,
- Exercising, and
- Following a diet that contains high protein, Vitamin C, and zinc.
Physiotherapy can also be helpful.
If you are in Jupiter and are experiencing pain and discomfort because of venous leg ulcers, contact us now!