Poor circulation can lead to open sores called venous ulcers on your legs. If you’re one of the approximate 1% of the population with venous ulcers, and you live in Trenton, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, trust experienced vascular specialist, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad to offer treatment. Call Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center to make an appointment to have your venous ulcers evaluated or book one online.
Venous ulcers are a side effect of venous insufficiency. When the one-way valves in your leg veins malfunction and prevent blood from traveling back to your heart, the blood pools in the veins in your legs -- leading to swollen, twisted, varicose veins. These varicose veins can become irritated and itchy, ulcerating and bleeding as a result.
Veins near the surface of the skin are at particular risk. Once the veins have bled, the issue is likely to recur again and again. At Comprehensive Vent Treatment Center, Dr. Ahmad offers minimally invasive treatments to help treat venous insufficiency and prevent or manage venous ulcers.
Adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and obese individuals are at most risk of developing venous ulcers. If you have a family history of the ulcers due to high blood pressure in your leg veins or you smoke, you’re also at higher risk of developing the sores.
Increasing circulation to your legs minimizes the risk of developing venous ulcers. Becoming more physically active can help get blood flowing throughout your body, including in your legs. Constrictive clothing and tight shoes can contribute to development of the ulcers, so dress comfortably.
Lifestyle strategies, such as staying hydrated, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and reducing stress also contributes to optimal circulation and reduced incidences of venous ulcers.
If you’ve developed venous ulcers, Dr. Ahmad can help you with proper wound care. Elevate your legs whenever possible to discourage blood from pooling in your legs.
The blood flow to your legs needs to be improved to help treat a venous ulcer. Compression therapy that involves using compression bandaging or hosiery to apply controlled pressure to the surface veins can reduce swelling and help with healing. The compression helps to keep the vein diameter small and forces blood back into your deeper veins and to the heart.
To find out more about whether you’re at risk of developing venous ulcers, or how to manage them, call Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center or book an appointment online.