If you have diabetes or vein disease, you’re also more likely to experience leg ulcers. Without prompt treatment, leg ulcers can increase your risk of gangrene and amputation. At Memphis Vein Center in Memphis, Tennessee, board-certified cardiologist Kishore Arcot, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, and the team provide safe, effective treatments for leg ulcers. Using advanced measures of care, they can help you feel better. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Leg ulcers, also known as venous ulcers, are wounds that develop on your calves, ankles, or feet. They usually heal slowly, which can increase your risk of more serious complications.
Leg ulcers usually occur due to poor circulation. With lifestyle changes and quality care, it’s possible to prevent infection and encourage healing.
The symptoms of venous ulcers vary from person to person and depend on the underlying cause. Telltale signs of leg ulcers include:
As your leg ulcers grow bigger or become infected, you might also experience a sensation of heavy legs. This can make it difficult to take a walk, go to work, or perform other routine tasks.
Leg ulcers occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of leg ulcers include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease.
You’re also more likely to develop leg ulcers if you’re middle-aged or older or you have a family history of leg ulcers. Other factors that may increase your risk include smoking and standing for long periods of time.
To diagnose venous ulcers, Dr. Arcot physically examines your feet, calves, and ankles and reviews your medical history. Leg ulcers look much different than regular sores, so Dr. Arcot can identify them quickly.
Dr. Arcot might also order diagnostic tests like an ultrasound, X-ray, or CT scan to assist in developing a custom treatment plan.
Treatment for leg ulcers focuses on three specific areas: relieving pain, preventing infection, and stopping the wound from getting bigger.
During your appointment, Dr. Arcot carefully drains your venous ulcer and applies a topical antibiotic to ease swelling. Next, he wraps your leg with clean compression bandages to encourage blood flow and healing.
If you have several venous ulcers or you’re at risk of an infection, Dr. Arcot might order custom orthotics to help you walk. He might also prescribe a medication like Pentoxifylline to improve the circulation in your legs.
To explore your treatment options for leg ulcers, schedule an appointment at Memphis Vein Center. Call or book online today.