From Insufficiency to Ulcers
As the venous insufficiency gets worse, you may start to observe some of the following symptoms:
- Swelling in your legs and ankles, particularly after you’ve been standing for a while.
- Aches, pain, tightness, and fatigue in the legs. They may even feel itchy.
- Development of varicose veins (twisted, enlarged, bulging veins in the leg which may be obvious and appear purple or dark blue).
- Skin that appears darkened or even leathery.
As the condition progresses further, the pressure of the pooling blood increases, stretching out the vein walls to the point where blood begins to leak out into the subcutaneous tissues under the skin.
Eventually, this leads to the development of venous stasis ulcers. They typically present on the lower leg or ankle and are relatively shallow but very large, with irregular borders. If infected, the wound may start to ooze.
You might be surprised to learn that venous stasis ulcers are not always particularly painful, though some are. But regardless of whether you’re experiencing discomfort, they are extremely dangerous and costly. Venous ulcers generally do not heal on their own but become stubbornly chronic and require medical intervention to heal. And left untreated, an infected wound can lead to gangrene, and ultimately require an amputation to keep the damage from spreading.
Leading the Way in Treating Venous Stasis Ulcers
Fortunately, there is some good news. Venous stasis ulcers—even very large ones—can almost always be treated non-surgically.
Even better, Waco Foot & Ankle is leading the way in helping Texans recover quickly and fully. We’re widely recognized throughout the heart of Texas for our advanced treatment options, available on site. This includes the use of amniotic membrane allografts as a wound covering, placed in direct contact with the ulcer and held in place with a secondary dressing.
Why is that so significant? Amniotic membranes are prepared from safely donated amniotic tissue, which means it’s packed with growth factors, cytokines, extracellular matrix proteins, and other key nutrients that are essential for wound healing.
Furthermore, the amniotic membrane we use contains living, viable cells and is preserved without dehydration, which means you get the highest possible concentration of these regenerative proteins.
As a result, using this product as a graft creates a sort of “natural scaffold,” upon which your own natural cells can regenerate and rebuild. Instead of scar tissue, the body creates new, healthy tissue. Your wound heals faster, with a better result—because the allograft gives it both the tools and the framework needed to repair itself efficiently.
If you detect the early warning signs of chronic venous insufficiency—or even develop a venous stasis ulcer—do not wait any longer to seek treatment. Early detection of insufficiency can prevent ulceration, while prompt treatment of the ulcer can help you keep your leg and return to full health and activity.
To schedule an appointment with us at our office in Woodway, please call (254) 776-6995 today. You can also request an appointment using our online contact form.