You can avoid painful skin ulcers through early detection and intervention
A venous ulcer is a sore on the surface of your skin that starts as a dark red or purple discoloration that can become dry and itchy and eventually infected if left untreated. It is an indication that blood that has pooled in the vein due to poor blood circulation or venous insufficiency has leaked out into surrounding tissue. Venous skin ulcers are most frequently found on the lower leg, between the ankle and knee.
Since venous skin ulcers are very slow to heal and can come back once they’re allowed to form, we urge patients to seek medical attention if you notice any unusual discoloration on your leg or feel pain or swelling. You may be able to prevent an ulcer from developing. At The Vein Center at Wilmington Surgical Associates, we use ultrasound screening to detect vein disease and its specific causes so we can provide the most appropriate and effective treatment available.
Factors that put you at risk for venous skin ulcers
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Standing on feet for prolonged periods on a regular basis