Venous Leg Ulcers

People with chronic venous insufficiency are at risk for developing venous leg ulcers (also called venous stasis ulcers), or chronic open wounds on the lower leg or ankle. Venous leg ulcers are painful and difficult to heal. Sometimes they cannot be healed until the backward blood flow in the veins is corrected. Venous leg ulcers represent an advanced stage of vein disease. Patients with a history of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) are at a higher risk for venous leg ulcer development.

Early signs that a venous stasis ulcer may develop include a darkening of the skin in the area of the ankle. Gradually, the skin may become leathery or waxy in appearance. Without treatment of the venous disease, the skin may break down and bleeding may occur.