Many of the patients we treat at Vein Specialists of Tennessee have problems that are cosmetic in nature. But sometimes, vein conditions can be much more serious. This is the case with venous ulcers.

Venous ulcers can occur when wounds heal slowly or fail to heal. They typically occur on the lower part of the leg and are caused by venous hypertension–too much pressure created by vein failure.  The valves in the veins that help direct blood back to the heart fail, and blood can pool in the tissue around them.  Venous ulcers may be caused by injury, disease, or standing for long periods of time.

Venous ulcers can take many forms and may or may not be painful. They can be small and not very noticeable, or large, accompanied by leg swelling and other symptoms, signally a more serious venous condition.

For this reason, it’s important not to ignore a veinous ulcer. It may signal a much more serious condition–a problem that could cause even bigger trouble if not treated promptly.  A venous ulcer, for example, my signal deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot deep in the leg.

And typically, the only way to know if a venous ulcer is a serious problem is to have it examined by a medical professional. Diagnosing the severity of the ulcer is the first step. Then the proper treatment plan can be established.

At Vein Specialists, we’ve helped people from all over Knoxville and East Tennessee with venous ulcers. We begin by using. Duplex Ultrasound Technology to determine the seriousness of the condition.  This provides a quick evaluation of the problem, and we can move forward with treatment.

If you suspect you may be suffering from venous ulcers, it’s important to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment promptly.