Venous Leg Ulcers

Princeton Wound Care

When you have circulation issues or health problems that prevent adequate blood flow to your lower extremities, you’re at high risk of having chronic venous leg ulcers. The team at Princeton Wound Care (PWC), located in Princeton, New Jersey, specializes in the chronic, slow, and nonhealing wounds. In addition to consultations at the office, the wound care team also provides on-site treatments at rehab centers and assisted-living and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware. If you have a leg ulcer that is not healing, call the office.

Venous Leg Ulcers Q & A

What is a venous leg ulcer?

A venous leg ulcer, also called a venous stasis ulcer, is a type of wound that develops on the lower extremities due to lack of circulation. When your veins are weak or inefficient, they don’t transport blood through your legs and back to your heart correctly.

When this happens, blood pools and leaks into the tissues of the lower extremities, so the legs and feet lack oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for fighting infection and proper healing. A simple scratch or minor cut can develop into a chronic venous ulcer because your soft tissues are slow to heal.

Venous leg ulcers most often develop in the lower legs and ankles. The team at PWC has extensive experience in preventing and treating chronic venous leg ulcers. 

What is the cause of venous leg ulcers?

Any condition that hinders adequate blood flow can place you a high risk of having a venous leg ulcer. Conditions that may predispose you to venous leg ulcers include:

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Varicose veins
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Traumatic leg injury
  • History of surgery in the legs, ankles, or feet
  • Diabetes 
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) 
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots

You may also be at higher risk of having a venous leg ulcer if you’re obese or a smoker, or if you have a job where you stand or walk for long periods. 

What are the symptoms of a venous leg ulcer?

A venous leg ulcer doesn’t appear as a gaping wound but rather an area of damaged tissues that aren’t healing well. 

Symptoms include:

  • Changes in sensation 
  • Discoloration, typically red or purple
  • Bruising
  • Thickening
  • Drying
  • Itching

If you have an area of your lower extremities that exhibit these symptoms, you should see an expert at PWC for an evaluation and customized treatment plan. 

What are the treatments for venous leg ulcers?

PWC offers advanced treatment options for slow and nonhealing wounds of all kinds, including chronic venous leg ulcers. 

The team takes time to develop a plan customized to your needs and the complexity of your wound. Treatments may include:

  • Compression therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  • Skin grafting
  • Vascular lab workup
  • Physical therapy
  • Nutrition and lifestyle counseling

If you’re at risk of having or already have symptoms of venous ulcers, you can trust the team at PWC to offer clinically proven, knowledge-based treatment options. 

For a consultation regarding your venous leg ulcer at the office, call Princeton Wound Care. On-site care is available in the comfort of your home, and at assisted-living and rehab facilities and nursing homes in these areas.