Leg Wounds

If you are in Brentwood, Walnut Creek, Danville, or the surrounding cities and have developed wounds on on your legs, get in touch with us. Our team of experts at BASS Vein Center is here to help you find the underlying cause of your wounds and discuss successful treatment options.

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Leg Wounds

Leg wounds also referred to as leg ulcers, are common among people who have vein issues like varicose veins and spider veins. These wounds are one of the most severe forms of vein disease. The ulcer may form from either an injury or an open wound on the leg that cannot heal. For individuals who do not have vein disease, an open wound would normally heal on its own. But since vein disease can hurt the body’s blood flow, it causes the wound not to heal. That leads to the wound getting worse over time and causing it to enlarge. 

What are the Symptoms of Leg Wounds?

Leg ulcers are known to show up in the middle area of the ankle, right above the ankle bone. The reason why they form in this area is that it is the place where the highest amount of venous pressure occurs. This pressure is caused by venous insufficiency or damaged veins. Additional symptoms of leg wounds or ulcers include causing the skin to become swollen, discolored, and itchy. These wounds can also cause pain and may have an odor as well. If you notice a leg wound with any or all of these symptoms, you should get in touch with us here at BASS Vein Center today for assistance. 

What are the Causes and Risk Factors for Leg Wounds?

Some of the risk factors that can cause leg ulcers and wounds to occur include the following. 

  • Previous injuries 
  • If you are a smoker
  • Your age
  • If you are overweight

Leg ulcers can be severe and may cause infection, swelling, and pain to occur. Most of these ulcers are caused by arterial disease, a type of vascular disease that adversely affects your body’s arteries. However, leg ulcers are also known to occur in patients who have experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the past. 

How are Leg Wounds Diagnosed and Treated? 

To treat a leg wound, you must understand the underlying cause of the problem. Leg ulcers are typically caused by venous insufficiency. When you fail to address the root cause of where the wound is, you could end up with a new leg ulcer soon after you eliminated one within just 6 to 12 months. Here at Bass Vein Center, we always take leg wounds seriously. Our team of doctors and healthcare specialists will take the time to determine the underlying cause and guarantee that you will not experience any new leg ulcers in the future. 

Treatment for Leg Ulcers 

If left untreated, a leg ulcer can linger around for an indefinite time. Therefore it’s a good idea to have them treated as soon as they are noticed. That will help to avoid any further damage to the tissue located nearby the ulcer. Our vein specialists will put together a treatment plan for you using one or more of the following treatment options and suggestions known to help with this vein issue. 

  • Laser ablation - treatment for patients who have venous insufficiency
  • Use of compression stockings 
  • Skin grafts to replace any damaged tissue after the wound is stable
  • Prescription antibiotics to help fight infections
  • Elevation of the legs as much as possible

If these treatment options do not provide you with the results that you desire, surgery may be another option for you to consider. 

Get Treatment for a Leg Wound at Bass Vein Center 

If you are located in Walnut Creek, Brentwood, Antioch, or the surrounding cities and need help with an infected leg wound, contact BASS Vein Center today. We are available to help with all types of common vein issues that cause you cosmetic problems, aches, and pains. Get in touch with our team today for more details.

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