Venous skin ulcers are open sores that develop due to poor blood circulation in the legs. This condition affects approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population and is more common in individuals older than the age of 65. If you’re suffering from venous ulcers, the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center in Trenton, NJ can help. Our minimally invasive treatments address chronic venous insufficiency while restoring proper circulation to the inflicted area.
Venous insufficiency develops when the leg veins prohibit blood from traveling back to the heart. When the valves become damaged or fail to work properly, blood can pool in the legs. If left untreated, venous insufficiency can cause swelling, pain, and venous ulcers. This condition is most common in individuals who are obese or pregnant. Some people are more susceptible to venous ulcers, including individuals with a family history of the condition, those with high blood pressure in the leg veins, and those who smoke or suffer from deep vein thrombosis or phlebitis.
Restore Proper Circulation
Restoring proper circulation to your legs can help minimize your risk of developing venous ulcers. Begin by increasing your physical activity. Exercise gets your blood flowing, which improves circulation throughout the body. Avoid wearing constrictive clothing and shoes that can restrict blood flow. Simple lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet, and reducing stress levels, can also help restore proper circulation.
Compression therapy is typically the superior treatment option for individuals with venous ulcers. The primary goals of this treatment are to encourage rapid healing and to prevent reoccurrence. Compression therapy involves using compression bandaging or hosiery to apply controlled pressure to the surface veins. The compression helps to keep the vein diameter small and forces blood back into the deep vein system and up to the heart.
At the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, our highly trained staff includes our vascular surgeon, who is certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, contact us today.