What are Leg Ulcers and Are They Dangerous?

Venous leg ulcers are open, swollen, red sores that frequently discharge fluid. Venous leg ulcers typically heal very slowly or not at all and increase your risk of infection and other serious health problems. If you have leg ulcers, you need expert medical treatment to protect your health. 

Here at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center (CVTC) in Trenton, New Jersey, Dr. Imtaiz Ahmad not only treats leg ulcers but provides customized health care to improve your vascular health and reduce your risk of chronic leg ulcers.

What are leg ulcers?

An ulcer is an open wound on your body. The sores usually develop from a minor injury that breaks your skin. In some cases, you might not even notice that you injured yourself in the first place. For example, vein disease is sometimes accompanied by peripheral neuropathy, which reduces the sensitivity of your skin, increasing your risk of unnoticed injuries and infection. 

Leg ulcers are often due to venous insufficiency, a vein disease that occurs when the small valves in your veins don’t function correctly. Around 80% of leg ulcers are due to venous diseases. As a result, your circulation isn’t efficient, and blood can flow backward and get stuck in your legs. This leads to varicose veins, which are vulnerable to injury and damage, increasing your risk of leg ulcers.

Are leg ulcers dangerous?

Not to alarm you, but yes, leg ulcers are potentially dangerous. These open wounds are perfect breeding grounds for viral and bacterial infections that lead to conditions like cellulitis, gangrene, and possibly amputation. 

Fortunately, with effective medical treatment, you can take care of your leg ulcers and reduce your risk of infection. 

What should I do if I have an ulcer on my leg?

If you find an ulcer on your leg, give us a call or make an appointment online today. Dr. Ahmad provides thorough exams to assess your leg ulcer and determine the best course of treatment. In most cases, treatment is two-pronged. Dr. Ahmad both treats your ulcer and the condition causing it. 

Leg ulcer treatment

Dr. Ahmad cleans and medicates your leg ulcers. He provides clean dressings and instructions for taking care of your leg ulcers at home to reduce your risk of infection and promote healing. Don’t feel discouraged if your ulcers take a long time to heal, sometimes large ulcers require surgery or skin grafts to close them.

Venous insufficiency treatment

Without treating the condition causing your leg ulcers, you run the risk of developing new wounds in the future. Dr. Ahmad offers a variety of treatments to address venous insufficiency, including:

Feel free to ask questions about your condition and your treatment options. We want to provide the best treatment to heal your vascular disease and improve your overall health.

How can I reduce my risk of leg ulcers?

If you have varicose veins or other signs of vascular disease, get treatment right away so you can prevent ulcers from forming in the first place. For example, you should make sure to get moderate exercise every day. If you spend a long time on your feet, wear compression stockings to support healthy circulation. Ask Dr. Ahmad for customized advice to protect your vascular health and prevent leg ulcers. 

If you need an expert for vascular health care for leg ulcers or other problems, call or make an appointment online today. 

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