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Why Do Venous Leg Ulcers Form? - Vein specialists of Alaska

Why Do Venous Leg Ulcers Form? - Vein specialists of Alaska

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Ryan Rivard

Venous leg ulcers are a problem for a startling amount of people, affecting between 500,000 and 2 million people in the United States each year. They are open sores on the leg which develop as a result of the same factors which lead to varicose veins, and like varicose veins, they become more prevalent with time.

pre_treatment_leg_ulcer.jpgThese venous ulcers often appear in patients who have not received treatment for their venous insufficiencies, leading their situation to progress to a painful, unsightly, and dangerous point. Vein diseases can develop as results of a large number of factors which cause valves within a person’s veins to stop functioning, causing blood to pool in the veins, forming varicose veins which become swollen and bulging due to higher vein pressure. In patients who develop venous leg ulcers, their venous insufficiencies create so much pressure beneath the skin that it breaks open into wounds which will continually worsen if they are not treated properly. 

Venous leg ulcers account for between 75 and 80 percent of all leg ulcers, typically occurring on the lower legs. Patients often consult doctors who are not Board Certified in venous & lymphatic medicine, who most often prescribe Antibiotics and creams and/or the use of compression stockings. While this will certainly increase circulation and sometimes decrease the size of the wound, they don’t get to the root of the problem. Choosing the wrong type of physician may mean risking the possibility of receiving inadequate treatment and extending suffering by months or even years. One of our patients has suffered with open venous ulcers since 1995. He has now happily healed completely.

Because the root cause of the majority of leg ulcers is vein disease, physicians who are Board Certified in venous and lymphatic medicine, like Dr. Rivard or Dr. Kanehann at Illinois Vein Specialists, are extremely well-equipped to treat venous ulcers and alleviate related symptoms. Today’s treatment methods are minimally invasive and administered in a comfortable clinic setting, allowing you to return to your daily activities with no downtime. 

If you are experiencing symptoms you feel may be related to venous insufficiency such as dark, thick or scaly skin in the lower legs or ankles, or venous leg ulcers you should consult an experienced venous and lymphatic physician like Dr. Rivard or Dr. Kanehann at Illinois Vein Specialists. Happy legs, happy life!


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Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and 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 even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.

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 physician.

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