Venous Ulcers (Leg Ulcers) in Lima, OH
As the leading authority on vein diseases in Lima, Celina and the surrounding communities of Auglaize County, OH, board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, provides patients with highly effective treatment options for venous ulcers. Dr. Aggarwal’s expertise and her staff’s compassion are just two of the reasons the Vein Care Center has earned its reputation for exemplary service for patients with vein disease.
What Is a Venous Ulcer?
A venous ulcer, also called a leg ulcer, is a chronic, slow-to-heal wound on the leg or foot. They often return after healing. Leg ulcers typically appear near the ankle or on the lower calf.
What Causes Venous Leg Ulcers?
Poor circulation and weakened veins cause venous leg ulcers. When the veins fail to pump blood back to the heart properly, the blood accumulates in the lower extremities, causing the tissue around the vein to break down.
What Are the Symptoms of Venous Ulcers?
Early symptoms often include swelling near the ankle and venous stasis dermatitis.
Leg ulcers range in color from dark red to purple. The skin around the wound may be itchy, dry and cracked. There may be visible varicose veins in the area of the ulcer. Patients with a history of deep vein thrombosis or previously healed ulcers are more likely to develop venous ulcers. Leg ulcers are painful, although the pain may be relieved when the leg is raised.
If the ulcer becomes infected, which is common, you may experience a discharge with an unpleasant odor accompanied by increased, redness, pain and tenderness.
How Are Venous Ulcers Treated?
The primary concern is lowering venous pressure back to normal through one of the Vein Treatments available at the Vein Care Center. We offer highly effective, minimally invasive procedures to treat your underlying vein disease. Dr. Aggarwal will discuss your options at your appointment.
Other methods of treatment may also be prescribed, including cleaning and dressing the wound and the use of compression bandages. Dr. Aggarwal may prescribe medications to aid in the healing process, including antibiotics if the leg ulcer is infected.
When it comes to diagnosing and treating vein conditions, you deserve the best care available. For residents of Lima, Celina and the greater Auglaize County area of Ohio, that means Dr. Aggarwal and the Vein Care Center. Contact us today to schedule your free screening.