A venous stasis ulcer, or venous ulcer, is a wound on the ankle or leg that develops due to damaged or abnormal veins or vein function. It is important to seek treatment from an experienced diabetic wound podiatrist for a venous stasis ulcer at its earliest stage to ensure it heals properly and to prevent serious complications.
Venous Stasis Ulcers: Symptoms and Treatment
Those with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency are at a higher risk of developing a venous stasis ulcer. There are various signs and symptoms of a venous stasis ulcer to be aware of:
- Leg pain
- Red sore covered by yellow tissue
- Wound with unevenly shaped borders
- Skin around the wound that’s shiny, warm, or discolored
Since many venous stasis ulcers do not heal on their own without proper treatment, it is essential to talk to a podiatrist as soon as possible. An untreated ulcer can result in permanent tissue damage and increase the risk of infection.
Complications of an Untreated Venous Statis Ulcer
- Venous eczema
- Blood clots
- Infection that spreads to surrounding tissue, bone, or blood
Venous Stasis Ulcer Treatment Options
Consulting with an experienced wound care podiatrist at the first sign of a venous stasis ulcer is essential for healing. Treatment options are based on your specific condition and its severity:
- Clean and cover. Cleaning and covering the wound daily can help prevent infection while the ulcer heals.
- Debridement. Dead tissue and debris may be removed from the wound using a procedure called debridement.
- Medication. Oral and topical antibiotics may be used to treat and prevent infection. In addition, medication may be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Compression. Wearing compression stockings can help improve circulation and promote healing.
If venous stasis ulcers are recurring, your podiatrist can treat the underlying problem. Often, treating varicose veins can resolve the issue and prevent the problem from returning.
Do You Need a Texas Wound Care Podiatrist?
If you have signs of a venous stasis ulcer, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can discuss treatment options based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.