Venous insufficiency causes lower extremity swelling and increases your risk of non-healing ankle and foot wounds. At Modern Podiatry in Hampton and Atlanta, Georgia, empathetic podiatrists Kibibi Wanzu, DPM, Brittany C. Sumpter, DPM, and Ronderick Williamson, DPM, can diagnose and treat venous insufficiency using techniques such as sclerotherapy in their office. To receive guidance for venous insufficiency, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Venous insufficiency is a condition that causes blood pooling in your lower extremities. Healthy veins have one-way valves that open only to send blood upwards to your heart.
However, damaged valves allow blood to trickle back into the veins and collect there. When this problem happens consistently, it’s called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). It affects around 2.5 million American adults today.
Venous insufficiency can eventually lead to serious problems like venous ulcers and non-healing open sores that typically develop just above the ankle. An untreated venous ulcer is highly susceptible to infection, gangrene (tissue death), and damage to the bones and tissues in your lower leg and feet.
Eventually, a venous ulcer could require foot and ankle salvage to avoid amputation. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of venous insufficiency and get help in its early stages.
Venous insufficiency symptoms to watch for include:
Late-stage venous insufficiency often features leg ulcers, which usually look like open sores with uneven borders. The skin around the ulcer may be shiny, tight, and red. Infected ulcers often drain pus and smell bad.
The Modern Podiatry team can perform a physical exam along with vascular testing to diagnose venous insufficiency even in the early stages when your symptoms aren’t yet severe.
Venous insufficiency treatment usually involves lifestyle changes and medical treatments, such as:
The Modern Podiatry team specializes in minimizing the effects of venous insufficiency in your lower extremities. They offer a range of effective treatments, from conservative care to vein treatments and wound care, all in their Hampton office.
If you have symptoms of venous insufficiency, don’t wait until you have an ulcer to get help. Call Modern Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today.