A venous ulcer is a common type of foot and leg wound that affects those with varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis. This type of ulcer can cause pain and swelling and should be evaluated by a podiatrist as soon as possible because they are slow to heal and can return if not treated properly. Understanding venous ulcers

Signs of a Venous Ulcer

Venous ulcers commonly form on the lower legs and can develop on one or both legs. They are often painful and first appear as dark red or purple bruises over the area where blood is leaking out from a varicose vein. The area of the ulcer may be dry and itchy, and the skin may be thick.

Symptoms of an Infected Ulcer

  • Odor
  • Drainage from the wound
  • Tenderness
  • Redness and warmth

Risk Factors

If you have a history of varicose veins, you are at a higher risk for developing a venous ulcer. However, there are other factors that can put you at risk.

Risks for Developing Venous Ulcers

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Standing on your feet for long periods

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

If you have signs of a venous ulcer, seek the advice of a Texas podiatrist immediately. The earlier you treat a venous ulcer, the faster it will heal with a reduced chance that it will return. To diagnose a venous ulcer, a podiatrist will examine your legs and ask about your medical history. A Doppler ultrasound may be used to determine how well blood is circulating through your leg to show if there is leakage in the veins.

Treatment Options

  • Promote better blood circulation by adding more physical activity to your daily routine
  • Elevating your feet above the level of your heart when resting
  • Wearing compression socks
  • Using laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation

If the ulcers are recurring, skin grafts or surgery may be needed. In addition, sclerotherapy may be used to get rid of varicose veins permanently to prevent venous ulcers from developing in the first place.

Contact Our Experienced Texas Podiatrists Today

If you have signs of a venous ulcer, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation. We can answer any questions you have and develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office at 817-481-4000.