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Leg Ulcers And How They Can Be Treated

Last updated 5 years ago

Ulcers are recurrent wounds or open sores that will not heal. If you’re suffering from recurrent ulcerations, then consider how a vein treatment center can treat your leg ulcers.

Types of Ulcers

There are three main types of leg and foot ulcers, including:

  • Venous statis ulcers: Often located on the inner part of the leg just above the ankle, venous statis ulcers are red in color and may be covered with a yellow fibrous tissue. The borders of venous statis ulcers are usually irregularly shaped while the surrounding skin is discolored and swollen. Approximately 500 to 600 thousand individuals in the United States suffer from venous statis ulcers.
  • Neurotrophic ulcers: Also known as diabetic ulcers, neurotrophic ulcers are usually located at increased pressure points at the bottom of your feet. The appearance of neurotrophic ulcers will differ depending on your blood circulation, but they are commonly pink, red, brown, or black.
  • Arterial or ischemic ulcers: Typically found on the heels and toes, arterial ulcers are caused by prolonged rubbing or irritation to the foot. This can include rubbing from shoes and socks, bed sheets, and even unevenly trimmed toenails.

Signs and Symptoms

While the signs and symptoms will vary depending on the type of leg ulcer, the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Red, itchy, or scaly skin
  • Oozing or “weeping” pus
  • Change in color, including brown and yellow pigmentation
  • Granulation of the tissue, causing the skin to look rough or bumpy

Treatment Options

Venous ulcers can be treated with compression bandages to reduce edema or leg swelling. Compression bandages include stockings, multi-layered compression wraps, hydrogels, collagen wound dressings, and antimicrobial dressings. Arterial ulcers, on the other hand, are usually treated using endovenous laser therapy or bypass surgery to restore circulation in the affected leg. Your vein treatment clinic will also provide tips on how to prevent the recurrence of leg ulcers.

Endovenous laser therapy is a great way to eliminate leg ulcers, spider veins, and varicose veins. Reduce your risk of infection and eliminate troublesome leg ulcers by contacting the Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan today.

 

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