A venous ulcer, also known as a varicose ulcer or a venous stasis ulcer, is a long-term (chronic) sore that develops on the inside of the thigh, right above the ankle, as a result of poor blood circulation in the limb. This vascular ulcer affects roughly 1% of Americans and accounts for more than 80% of lower extremity ulcerations. Venous ulcers take time to heal and can lead to a more serious problem if not treated properly. Therefore, it’s important to learn about them to prevent them from occurring.
A venous leg ulcer can occur after a small injury or damage to the valves inside the leg veins that adversely affect the blood circulation in your leg veins. When this happens, the pressure inside the veins rises. This persistent high pressure might progressively damage and weaken your skin's fragile blood vessels. As a result, a knock or scrape can easily cause your skin to split and produce an ulcer. The ulcer may not heal unless you receive treatment to restore blood circulation in your legs.
Common symptoms of Venous ulcers include:
You are more likely to develop venous ulcers if you have already experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or if you suffer from the following issues:
You may also be vulnerable to venous ulcers if you've recently undergone leg surgery, such as a hip or knee replacement. Varicose veins (swollen and bulging veins) can also lead to venous leg ulcers.
You can perform your venous ulcer wound care by following these basic instructions:
While you cannot avoid certain risks for venous ulcers, you can take preventive measures to reduce your chances of having the condition.
You should visit your doctor when you see redness and swellings around your legs. Venous ulcer treatment should be started immediately when pus gets painful and yellowish. Delays in treatment can get very painful and dangerous for you.
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