Chronic or non-healing leg or foot ulcers are a significant medical problem among adults. In fact, approximately 1 percent of the population will have them at some point. These ulcers are wounds that just won’t go away, often beginning as small scrapes or cuts that continue to progress to large tissue defects of several centimeters or more.
Eighty percent of these wounds are actually caused by underlying superficial venous insufficiency. This happens when the damaged veins cause abnormally high blood pressure in the veins which damages the skin on the lower legs and ankles, and eventually leads to ulcers. The ulcers themselves are breaks in the skin of the leg, which allow air and bacteria to penetrate to underlying tissue.
Patients should be on the lookout for these early signs of venous insufficiency:
Additionally, if you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. Gropper and his staff can evaluate and recommend appropriate treatment:
At Vivid Vascular, our goal is to treat the external ulcer(s) while also treating the root cause.
The first step is to use non-invasive diagnostic testing to determine the extent of your injury and any underlying causes, and then to formulate a proper treatment protocol.
Next, we will control the high pressure in the leg veins, usually through compression bandages or stockings.
Next, depending on the state of the ulcer(s), medication and special dressings will be applied.