Diabetic Ulcers and Venous Leg Wounds in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
Diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds result from improper circulation in the legs. When the veins in your legs do not return your blood to your heart properly, fluid builds up in the vein and eventually leaks into the surrounding tissue. The fluid destroys the tissue, creating an ulcer on the surface of your skin. Diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds typically appear on the sides of the lower legs in the area between the ankle and calf. Although less common, these types of ulcers may also appear on the foot, ankle, and upper calf. Diabetic ulcers typically appear on the feet and require immediate medical attention, as diabetics are more likely to develop problems with infections that can be fatal or require amputation.
Am I at Risk for Diabetic Ulcers and Venous Leg Wounds?
The greatest risk factor for developing diabetic ulcers is having diabetes. Other risk factors for diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds are the following:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Lack of physical activity
- Professions or activities that require you to stand for long hours
What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Ulcers and Venous Leg Wounds?
The earliest sign of diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds is a change in the color of the skin. The skin appears dark red or purple. This is caused by the blood leaking into the tissue. The skin may also itch and appear thick and dry. When diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds form, they are quite painful, and your legs may swell and ache. You may notice an odor, redness, tenderness, or pus related to the diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds, indicating that the ulcers are infected.
How Does the Vanguard Way Help Me with Diabetic Ulcers and Venous Leg Wounds?
Early treatment of diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds is the best way to avoid further complications that may be life-threatening. If you have the early signs of diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds, call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment. As specialists in vascular care, Vanguard Vascular & Vein offers the most advanced treatments for diabetic leg ulcers and venous leg wounds.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.