If you notice changes in the color and texture of your skin, and a small wound appear that may not loo serious, it may eventually enlarge to a venous stasis ulcer. Bradley Radwaner, MD, at Elite Veins NY, specializes in the treatment of these complex and dangerous ulcers that can cause serious complications. To receive immediate care for a venous stasis ulcer, call the office in New York City or schedule an appointment online.
A venous stasis ulcer is an open wound or ulcer that develops between your knee and ankle due to problems with blood flow in your leg veins. The most common cause of a venous stasis ulcer is chronic venous insufficiency.
Inside your leg veins, one-way valves open to let blood flow up your leg and back to your heart, and then they close to prevent the blood from going backward. When the valves don’t work the way they should, blood flows down the leg and accumulates in the vein. This condition is called chronic venous insufficiency.
All of the following may increase your risk for developing chronic venous insufficiency:
When you have chronic venous insufficiency, you may also develop varicose veins. Many patients with chronic venous insufficiency experience a variety of leg symptoms, such as aching, swelling, cramping, and fatigue. Untreated venous insufficiency also leads to a serious complication: venous stasis ulcers.
Ongoing chronic venous insufficiency and the subsequent buildup of pressure in the veins leads to changes in your lower legs. The skin becomes hard or thickened, inflammation develops, and redness or small white areas appear. Venous ulcers arise in the area as the skin begins to deteriorate and erode.
The ulcer first appears as a shallow, painful area, frequently over the ankle. The wound gradually worsens, becoming inflamed and swollen. Over time, the open sore enlarges. Venous stasis ulcers are dangerous because they’re very difficult to heal and they frequently recur.
A venous ulcer can persist for months, often taking up to a year to heal. These long-lasting wounds put you at risk for serious skin and bone infections. Dr. Radwaner takes aggressive action, using advanced techniques to treat the underlying condition, and employing multiple therapies to treat the ulcer, including:
Dr. Radwaner also gives you detailed instructions for cleaning and dressing the wound at home.
Don’t wait to get treatment for a venous stasis ulcer. At the first sign of a wound, call Elite Veins NY or book an appointment online.