In addition to advanced therapies and progressive procedures, at Hyper Healing, we also aim to help educate and inform. Having the knowledge to decipher between a wound that can be cared for at home and a wound that requires professional medical attention can help assist our patient’s overall recovery. This is why we are using our blog to focus on various services we provide as well as indications for wound care to help ensure you are as healthy as possible. Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at venous ulcers. We are discussing what they are, what causes them, and what treatment may entail. Of course, we are always here to help you with any additional questions you may have, but today we’re providing a foundation of care with our comprehensive guide to venous ulcers.

What are Venous Ulcers?

Venous ulcers are forms of open sores that can occur when the veins in the legs do not push blood up to the heart effectively. This problem develops in the veins when internal valves become scarred or blocked, resulting in the blood flowing backward. When this blood begins to build up, it can increase the pressure that prevents oxygen and nutrients from traveling to the tissues. Over time this causes cells to die, which weakens the tissue and can eventually lead to the formation of an open wound. These wounds are typically slow healing and typically develop just above the ankle.

Symptoms of Venous Ulcers

Venous insufficiency leading to venous ulcers typically shows initial signs of thin, itchy skin known as stasis dermatitis. Other early signs include heaviness, swelling, cramping in the legs, or dark, hardened skin. Once the condition has progressed, common symptoms of a venous ulcer include a shallow sore with a visible red base and unevenly shaped borders. The skin surrounding the sore may be shiny, tight, discolored, or warm to the touch.  

Top Risk Factors

Various conditions increase your risk of developing venous ulcers, including:

  • A family history of venous ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Serious injuries in the leg
  • Obesity
  • Sitting for prolonged periods of time
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy

Venous ulcers are also more common in older age, in women, and in tall individuals.

Treatment

One of our providers will help teach you how to care for your wound. You can find general wound care instructions in our Wound Healing Process blog. We also recommend compression bandages or stockings over the dressing to help prevent blood from pooling and reduce swelling. These compression methods also help expedite the healing process and help relieve any pain from the wound. Staying active also promotes blood circulation. For wounds that do not heal correctly, surgical procedures can help improve blood flow. 

Contact Hyper Healing

If you notice that your wound is not healing properly, or if you have suffered significant trauma to your skin that requires medical attention, Hyper Healing can help you heal faster and more completely. Schedule an appointment by calling 813-591-4570 or by contacting us online.