If venous insufficiency is left untreated, blood will collect in the lower extremities, causing the skin to turn dark red or purple. The surrounding skin may begin to itch and burn. Pressure on the skin can cause the development of open sores, called venous stasis ulcers. These are not to be taken lightly and are one of the most troublesome complications of venous disease.
Venous stasis ulcers most commonly occur between the knee and ankle. They are slow to heal and most often come back if they are not properly treated. Treating the underlying problem of venous insufficiency will help prevent the formation of new stasis ulcers. A lower extremity ultrasound is needed to check blood flow in the deep and superficial veins in order to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem. If you are concerned about a venous stasis ulcer, it is crucial that you take the steps necessary to prevent them. Small ulcers are easier to manage and heal more quickly than larger ulcers. For more information regarding venous stasis ulcers and venous insufficiency, contact Premier Dermatology for a consultation.