Leg Ulcers in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats leg ulcers for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
Leg ulcers are open, shallow wounds that typically appear between your ankle and lower calf. These ulcers, however, may also appear on your calf and foot. These wounds heal slowly and may last for several weeks, months, or even years. Leg ulcers are prone to infection, which can lead to more significant medical complications.
What Causes Leg Ulcers?
Leg ulcers are caused by the abnormal flow of blood back to your heart, known as “venous insufficiency.” When your blood does not flow properly, gravity pulls the blood backward to the lower veins. The blood then pools and places stress on the walls of the veins. Eventually, fluid leaks out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue, which is slowly destroyed, causing leg ulcers to form.
Am I at Risk for Leg Ulcers?
Diabetics are at great risk for developing leg ulcers due to their already compromised circulatory systems. Other risk factors for developing leg ulcers include obesity, family medical history, standing for prolonged periods of time on a regular basis, and certain medical conditions. Women and the elderly are at greater risk for developing leg ulcers than men or younger people.
How Can I Prevent Leg Ulcers?
Leg ulcers are indications of underlying circulatory problems that may develop at any point in your life. You should conduct self-examinations on a regular basis and look for signs of skin discoloration, spider veins, and varicose veins. These symptoms indicate that your circulatory system is not returning blood to your heart properly. Regular physical activity, including exercise, and proper diet support your circulatory system and may decrease your chances of developing leg ulcers.
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.