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What is a venous leg ulcer?

Updated: Mar 21, 2023


Venous leg ulcers are a common type of wound that affects the lower legs, typically developing on the inner ankle or calf. These ulcers are caused by a condition called venous insufficiency, which occurs when the veins in the legs are unable to properly pump blood back to the heart. This results in blood pooling in the legs, leading to increased pressure and damage to the skin and underlying tissue.

Symptoms of venous leg ulcers include pain, swelling, and redness in the affected area. The skin may also appear discolored, and the ulcer itself may be shallow or deep, with a moist or dry surface.

Risk factors for developing venous leg ulcers include age, obesity, a history of deep vein thrombosis, and a family history of venous insufficiency. People who stand or sit for long periods of time, such as those working in healthcare or retail, are also at increased risk.

Treatment for venous leg ulcers typically involves addressing the underlying cause.


Central Valley Vein and Wound are experts in treating Venous Leg Ulcers at our medical offices in Clovis, Selma, Hanford, Visalia and Fresno

. Call our office to schedule an appointment.


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