Ulcers are poorly healing wounds that are commonly associated with long-term venous and arterial insufficiency. These wounds, which take longer than four to six weeks to heal, generally do not resolve themselves on their own. Therefore, it is important to seek the services of one of our vascular experts in Monmouth Ocean County.
Leg and ankle ulcers commonly begin after a small injury. Poor circulation (such as that associated with venous insufficiency) may cause pressure inside a patient’s veins. Such pressure may lead to fragile skin, allowing for easy breakage. This damage may be very slow to heal due to impaired circulation and may not heal at all without medical intervention.
Risk factors for ulcers include obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, varicose veins, and a history of deep vein thrombosis. This type of ulcer becomes more common as a person ages, as well as if a patient recently underwent leg surgery (such as a joint replacement).
While an ulcer’s painful and unsightly nature can cause a significant decrease in a patient’s quality of life, there are Monmouth County vein treatment options that can alleviate the issue. After cleaning and dressing an ulcer, a doctor may recommend the use of compression therapy. This type of treatment utilizes a compression bandage or compression stockings. Such measures provide helpful compression to the veins, improving blood flow by assisting blood vessels in moving fluids out of the ankle and lower leg.
For some patients, the best method to ensure an ulcer heals is to remove the damaged vein that originally caused the poor blood flow. Vein removal in Monmouth County can be accomplished in a safe, effective, and virtually pain-free manner. Such measures may also reduce the appearance of varicose veins, as well as reduce swelling and discomfort in the lower extremities. A vein specialist can help you learn more about which options may be best for your situation.