You're more likely to experience venous stasis ulcers if you're living with varicose veins or venous insufficiency. Venous stasis ulcers increase your risk of infection and other complications, so it's important to seek treatment right away. At Goldman Vein Institute in Jupiter and Wellington, Florida, board-certified vein and vascular specialists Saluja Varghese-Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, Alexander Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, and the caring team offer safe, effective treatment for venous stasis ulcers. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
A venous stasis ulcer is an open wound that occurs below the knee and on the inner part of the leg above the ankles. Venous stasis ulcers are usually red or purple in color. Infected ulcers may discharge a yellow or green liquid.
As a venous stasis ulcer grows in size, you might also experience swelling or warmth. Over time, these ulcers can make your skin appear shiny or tight.
Venous stasis ulcers are the most common type of leg ulcer and affect 500,000-600,000 Americans each year. Anyone can experience a venous stasis ulcer, but they’re especially common in people with a history of leg swelling, varicose veins, or blood clots.
If you suspect you have a venous stasis ulcer, schedule an appointment at Goldman Vein Institute as soon as possible. Venous stasis ulcers get progressively worse over time. The sooner you receive treatment, the less likely you are to experience complications.
If you want to lower your risk of venous stasis ulcers, you need to take steps to avoid vein disease. The team at Goldman Vein Institute recommends:
Wearing compression stockings can also lower your risk of venous stasis ulcers. Compression stockings prevent blood from pooling in your legs and help you avoid swelling.
To diagnose venous stasis ulcers, your Goldman Vein Institute provider physically examines your legs and feet, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your symptoms and lifestyle.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider might also order ultrasound imaging or a venogram to get a closer look at your veins and blood vessels.
At Goldman Vein Institute, the team uses conservative measures of care to address venous stasis ulcers. These treatments can prevent infection and encourage healing.
Following a thorough exam, your provider might recommend:
It’s also important to wear a compression wrap. A compression wrap promotes blood flow to your heart.
If your ulcer gets worse and doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, surgical intervention or a skin graft may be necessary.
Don’t let venous stasis ulcers negatively affect your quality of life. Make an appointment at Goldman Vein Institute by calling the nearest office or booking a consultation online today.