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How to Prevent Venous Ulcers

At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, we can treat a variety of venous issues throughout the body. Venous stasis ulcers are a common complaint from many of our patients. Ulcers can occur anywhere on the body, although venous ulcers are almost exclusively found on your legs. Fortunately, Dr. Craig Schwartz and his team of vein professionals have all the experience and training required to provide the correct treatment to address this frequent condition.

What is a Venous Stasis Ulcer?

To understand venous stasis ulcers, you need to know what it is and what causes these ulcers to develop. 

Venous stasis is a term used to refer to blood pooling in your veins. This tends to happen when the valves within these blood vessels stop working properly. Veins carry blood back to the heart and this blood does not move at the same velocity as the blood being pumped from the heart to the arteries. As such, the venous valves are required to prevent blood from moving back in the wrong direction. When you have issues with your valves, you can end up with blood pooling in the veins. When this occurs, it is known as venous stasis.

But what is a venous stasis ulcer? A venous stasis ulcer is an injury or wound caused by venous stasis. As the blood pools, it starts to affect nearby tissues and cause fluids to leak out. This leads to inflammation in the area, which will create ulcers on the surface of your skin. 

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How are Venous Ulcers Diagnosed?

The diagnosis for venous ulcers is relatively straightforward. To begin the treatment process, you should book a free vein screening with an expert specialist like Dr. Craig Schwartz, Kansas City’s most experienced vein specialist. This will allow Dr. Schwartz to assess your condition and visibly confirm that you possess any of the telltale signs of venous ulcers. Most notably, he will look for the following:

  • Painful sores on your legs that have been there for a few weeks and aren’t going away
  • Swelling around your lower legs and ankles
  • Discolored or hard skin

He will provide a thorough visual examination of your leg veins, identifying any other issues that could lead to venous ulcers. For instance, varicose veins are a highly common cause of this issue, as they usually result from blood pooling and are commonly a sign that you may have venous ulcers. A couple of tests will also be conducted to ensure that your arteries are still working correctly, ruling out any issues with those main blood vessels. 

3 Tips to Prevent Venous Ulcers

As with all things in life, prevention is much easier than finding a cure and treating this problem. While venous ulcer treatment is available at our vein center, Dr. Schwartz encourages everyone to take preventative steps. Here are three great tips to follow:

Wear Compression Stockings

These physician-grade compression stockings are designed to compress your lower legs and ankles. Compression socks are tight at the bottom. The compression encourages blood to flow back up through your body. It improves your circulation, stopping blood pooling from occurring. It’s typically suggested that you keep them on during the day, only removing them when you go to sleep. The office will provide you with a personal fitting to ensure proper fit.  Please note that the compression socks, etc., available at running stores are not the same as prescription-grade stockings.

Lead a Healthy Lifestyle 

People who lead an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle are far more likely to suffer from venous ulcers, as inactivity can impact circulation throughout your body, particularly your legs. As such, this can lead to blood pooling. 

Also, weight gain is often associated with an unhealthy lifestyle, which puts more pressure on the veins in your legs. This can cause damage to the blood vessels, leading to issues like varicose veins and venous ulcers. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent these issues from happening. 

Elevate Your Legs

Much like the compression stockings, elevating your legs is designed to encourage blood flow back up through your legs to your heart. In turn, this stops blood pooling and can prevent venous stasis ulcers. 

Treat Your Varicose Veins Veins

As noted above, varicose veins often developed when blood pools (the ultimate cause of venous ulcers).  By treating your varicose veins, you will prevent any future ulcers from possibly developing. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

How are Venous Ulcers Treated?

Dr. Schwartz and the team at Premier Vein & Body offer Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) as a treatment for venous ulcers. This procedure uses heat energy, applying it to the affected area via a small laser fiber. The aim is to seal off the vein through the heat. When this happens, the vein will collapse and be absorbed back into the body naturally. From here, blood supply is redirected to healthier vessels, stopping it from pooling. You will see a reduction in inflammation and swelling, making it easier for the ulcer to heal. 

Am I a Candidate for Venous Ulcer Treatment?

If you have a visible ulcer(s) on your legs, please schedule a free screening with Dr. Schwartz immediately!  These ulcers will not improve on their own and often will only get worse. During your free screening, Dr. Schwartz will evaluate your legs and let you know if this treatment is right for you.

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Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about venous stasis ulcers, call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein treatment center can improve your condition.

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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