Venous Ulcers Specialist

Venaflux

Vein & Vascular Specialists Located in Granite Falls, NC and Seeing Patients from Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir

Venous ulcers are a potentially dangerous side effect of venous disease. Board-certified nurse practitioner Lindsey Castagna, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, and the team at Venaflux in Granite Falls, North Carolina, offer expert treatment for venous ulcers as well as customized vascular health care to reduce your risk of developing open sores and help to heal active wounds. Call the office today or make an appointment online if you have venous ulcers or other signs of vascular disease.

Venous Ulcers Q & A

What are venous ulcers?

Ulcers are open sores on your skin. They can develop anywhere on your body but are most often found on the feet, ankles, and legs. A normal wound, such as a cut or scrape, typically begins to heal almost immediately. Ulcers might not heal without specialized treatment.

Leg discoloration or hyperpigmentation is an early sign of a vein problem that could lead to venous ulcers. If the skin on your ankles becomes darker or reddish, you should talk to a vascular health specialist.

What causes venous ulcers?

Venous ulcers form when a vascular health problem reduces circulation in part of your body. 

Chronic venous insufficiency reduces the efficiency of your blood flow as it returns to your heart and lungs. The blood pressure in your legs should decrease when you walk, but chronic venous insufficiency interferes with this process. As a result, the high pressure in your legs causes ulcers to form.

When should I talk to a specialist about venous ulcers?

If possible, you should talk to a vein specialist before venous ulcers form. Other signs of venous disease include:

  • Aching, heavy, or tired legs
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles, and legs
  • Varicose veins or spider veins
  • Leg discoloration and hyperpigmentation

However, if a venous ulcer is the first sign of a health problem, make an appointment at Venaflux immediately. Ulcers are open wounds that either heal slowly or not at all. Professional treatment is critical to prevent other serious health problems from developing.

How are venous ulcers treated?

At Venaflux, we will conduct a comprehensive medical history and perform a thorough physical exam to evaluate your venous ulceration. A complete venous ultrasound is ordered to help determine the cause of your venous ulcer. These ulcers are usually treated with a combination of wound care and vein care.

Wound care

The key to healing your venous ulcer is to remove any dead tissue that might be impeding wound healing. The team at Venaflux will evaluate your venous ulcer and determine the best wound care options for you and if there is a need for referral to a wound care clinic for ongoing wound care.

Vein care

Your provider at Venaflux also treats the underlying condition that led to your venous ulcers. This could include medication, compression stockings, or endovenous treatments.

Your provider might also recommend changing your diet, getting daily exercise, or losing weight. 

Call Venaflux or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about your vascular health or have a venous ulcer.