Venous Ulcers Associated with Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are unsightly, and sometimes painful, but these bulging veins are also associated with sores, known as venous stasis ulcers. These venous ulcers are the most common cause of sores on the legs, affecting about one percent of the population in the United States. Venous ulcers usually start as a dull ache or pain in the lower leg, swelling that improves when the individual puts her feet up, eczema of the surrounding skin, and varicose veins. These sores often develop near bony prominences, especially at the gaiter area on the inner calf just above the ankle. A brown pigment may develop at the gaiter area; this discoloration results from blood leaking out of blood vessels, which deposits a permanent, destructive compound into surrounding tissue. In some cases, severe tissue damage leads to loss of skin tissue. When the body loses large areas of skin, doctors refer to the remaining raw skin as an ulcer.  The Association between Varicose Veins and Venous Ulcers Blood perform


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