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A venous ulcer is a sore that forms on the skin of the leg due to problems with blood flow within the leg veins. They usually develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle. They are typically slow to heal and may recur.
The symptoms of venous ulcers can include:
A venous leg ulcer forms on the skin as a result of long-term increased pressure within the veins of the lower limb (venous hypertension). This increased pressure can damage the blood vessels in the skin and lead to the development of an ulcer.
There are several factors that increase the risk of a person developing a venous leg ulcer. These include:
There is no definitive test to diagnose a venous ulcer. A venous ulcer is typically diagnosed after a physical exam and a review of a patient’s medical history. However, some tests that may be used to help diagnose a venous ulcer include:
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the treatment of venous ulcers. The approach that is most likely to be successful will vary depending on the individual and the extent and severity of the venous ulcer. Treatment may include:
It is always best to prevent the development of a venous ulcer. Wearing compression stockings, stopping smoking, elevating your legs, losing weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting can help.
Venous ulcers can be difficult to heal and often require specialised care.
At Vein doctors Sydney, we have extensive experience in treating venous ulcers and addressing the underlying causes. We offer a variety of effective treatments for this condition. Our team of vein specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific situation.
If you are suffering from a venous ulcer, please call us today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to help you get on the road to healing.
This consultation is the perfect way for you to learn about what we can do to help you become free of the pain and discomfort of your varicose veins. From start to finish a consultation takes about 45 minutes and the valuable information you will receive will enable you to make important healthcare decisions about your varicose veins.