Venous Leg Ulcer Treatment in Maryland
What is a venous leg ulcer? You probably know it better as an open sore.
When you receive an injury in your lower leg, and the wound simply doesn’t heal, it’s known as a leg ulcer.
Venous leg ulcers, meanwhile, are the most common type of leg ulcer. Essentially, when your circulation in your lower legs is poor, blood pools in your legs, and nutrients and oxygen don’t reach the injured tissue–leading to the wound never healing.
How Can I Tell When My Leg Ulcer Is a Venous Leg Ulcer?
Symptoms that your leg ulcer is venous in nature include heaviness of the legs and swelling, an itching sensation, and discolored skin that indicates blood pooling.
Meanwhile, general venous insufficiency would be an indication that you have a vneous leg ulcer. If you have varicose veins of any sort, or suffer from a feeling of heaviness in the legs, or restless leg syndrome, there’s a chance you may have venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency can be caused by any number of pathologies that obstruct the ability of the veins to pump blood back to the heart. Aging, hormonal changes, obesity, and genetics can all play a role.
If you have a leg ulcer, your first step is to regularly clean and dress the wound.
If the ulcer is venous in nature, then the condition can be improved by improving circulation. Compression garments can be useful in improving blood flow.
It can also be useful to elevate the legs, especially when sleeping. This ensures that blood doesn’t have to fight against gravity to return to the heart.
If you have an open wound and are worried that it may be a leg ulcer caused by venous insufficiency, call here or check here for more information.
If you want to know more, call the Vein Center of Maryland to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in Westminster, Eldersburg, Baltimore, Hunt Valley and Bel Air.