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What Are The First Signs Of A Leg Ulcer

What Are The First Signs Of A Leg Ulcer

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Venous leg ulcers effect more than 1 million people in the US today.  Venous ulcers - commonly known as venous stasis ulcers - are frequently found in the lower regions of the body. These open wounds case symptoms of severe pain and discomfort, frequent bleeding, and generally do not heal with out proper treatment at their source. 


venous_leg_ulcerDue to increased pressure that builds from gravity in the lower regions - your legs and ankles particularly - the blood in these areas tends to harden and the skin surrounding the areas begins to deteriorate and die. This causes the skin to crack and break open. Even minor contact to the area can cause the wounds to reopen. Although venous ulcers are common, they are often the result of underlying venous insufficiencies - i.e. varicose veins - and thus have underlying warning signs or symptoms. Understanding these symptoms could not only help determine the cause of the ulcerations, but could eliminate their occurrence altogether.

Some of the more frequent warning signs of venous leg ulcers are similar to those of varicose veins. They can include: swelling in the legs, pain and discomfort, but better indicators are discoloration of skin near the ankles and calves (generally red and brown), dry or hardened skin in these areas and severe bulging varicose veins.  If your varicose veins are left untreated for long periods of time stasis ulcers become more common, which is why it is important to seek treatment for your varicose or spider veins immediately from a certified vein specialist.

If you have suffered from venous leg ulcers and have not been able to find relief using topical treatments or wound wraps, you may want to get a second opinion from your local phlebologist (varicose vein doctor).  Treating your varicose veins will not only increase your overall circulation, but will heal your stasis ulcerations requiring no further treatment.


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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).


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