Leg ulcers are a common symptom of circulatory problems such as venous insufficiency and arterial disease. These ulcers vary based on the underlying condition and are classified as either venous or arterial. The following guide will help you understand what a leg ulcer is and the differences between these two types.
A leg ulcer is a patch of skin where the tissue underneath is exposed because the outer layers of skin are gone. Essentially, the skin breaks and allows bacteria and germs to enter the body. Leg ulcers can be either acute or chronic, with the chronic kind lasting more than 4 weeks and often arising from a more complex cause than the acute kind.
The majority of leg ulcers — about 80 percent — are venous ulcers. About 15 percent are arterial and the rest are caused by a wide variety of other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. The two types typically have somewhat different causes. Venous ulcers, for example, are often associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots), varicose veins, high blood pressure, multiple pregnancies, surgeries, fractures or injuries to the leg, excess weight, age, clotting problems, circulatory issues, and being immobile for extended periods. Arterial ulcers are typically associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, kidney failure, heart or vascular disease, clotting and circulatory problems, and collagen-vascular disorders.
Venous ulcers occur below the knee and are most commonly found at the ankles, especially on the insides of the ankles. They usually don’t cause pain unless they become infected. The skin around them may become dry and discolored, and there may also be associated pain or swelling, especially in the calves. The pain often subsides when the legs are elevated.
They’re frequently accompanied by varicose veins.
Patients may also suffer inflammation, especially chronic inflammation that damages the lymphatic vessels underneath the skin, which in turn causes swelling and pressure in the lower part of the leg. They may also experience lipodermatosclerosis
, which is a loss of tissue underneath the skin. This can cause that part of the leg to harden.
The general symptoms of leg ulcers are:
Unlike venous ulcers, arterial ulcers typically are painful, especially when the legs are elevated. However, lowering the legs may ease the pain, perhaps because the pull of gravity causes more blood to flow down into the legs. Patients with arterial ulcers might have feet in which the skin is shiny and either white or a bluish color. They may also experience cramping while walking, with the cramping subsiding when they stop walking. Arterial ulcers are most commonly found on the sides of the feet, ankles, toes or heels.
No matter which type of leg ulcer you’re suffering from, Alpha Vein Clinic
can help you find relief from your symptoms. Our experts and caring staff have experience treating varicose veins and a wide range of other vein-related conditions. As a leg ulcer doctor in Las Vegas
, we can create a customized treatment plan for your situation.
Treatment of venous insufficiency resulting in pain and suffering is a medical condition treatment of which is recognized by most insurance companies. Therefore, almost all non-HMO insurance companies cover the cost of the treatment.
Here at Alpha Vein Clinic we accept most insurance plans and are a preferred center for Sierra Insurance products.
Currently, all patients who have straight Medicare
, United Health Care
as their primary insurance can enjoy the benefits of treatment using the ClariVein Ablation
vein treatment. We are now accepting VA
patients with an approved referral. Increasingly more and more insurances are covering this new technique.
Dr. Sassan Kaveh is a recognized Las Vegas venous ulcer doctor with over 22 years of experience in the field. Dr. Kaveh is specialized in internal medicine practice with certification in endovascular radio frequency ablation.
If you’re looking for venous ulcer treatment in Las Vegas we welcome you to our clinic to learn more. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable in making the right choice about your treatment, and also the doctor who is performing that treatment.
Please contact us today for more information or call 702-233-6661.