Venous Leg Ulcers & Diabetes: a Patient’s Perspective
In our previous articles we have covered many different topics regarding vein disease, symptoms of varicose and spider veins, pregnancy as it relates to varicose veins, ulcerations, etc. However, in the next few articles we will tell the story of our actual patients to hear their perspective on how life was like before treating their varicose veins or spider veins and what life is like today. These stories will remain anonymous, but are shared by our patient with you in hopes that you might find similarities to your own experience with potential issues of vein disease and seek relief.
This first patient is male, in his mid 50’s and a diabetic and for the sake of this article we will call him Dan. Dan’s story began 5 years ago during a winter much like the one we are experiencing currently. One day Dan was walking out to his car and slipped on some ice. In doing so, Dan fell and broke his ankle. He was required to undergo surgery to repair the damage. However, to his knowledge Dan believed that because of his history of diabetes, commonly associated with neuropathy, his wound just did not heal properly. Dan suffered for many years with chronic leg pain and swelling. Furthermore, due to the pressure and build up of blood around his injured ankle he began to have severe leg ulcerations, which never healed entirely.