We diagnose and treat leg wounds and ankle ulcers (sometimes called venous stasis ulcers or venous insufficiency) at Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan and we do it in our outpatient office so that you don’t have to go to the hospital.
Our intra-office hospital-level technologies and therapies allow us to heal leg wounds and ulcers for patients who live in the tri-county Metro Detroit area. Our outpatient wound care and infection facility, located on the border of West Bloomfield, Walled Lake and Commerce township, is just minutes from Farmington, Farmington Hills, Troy, Brighton and many Oakland County Michigan cities.
TREATMENTS FOR LEG WOUNDS, ANKLE WOUNDS AND VENOUS STASIS ULCERS
The treatment for leg and ankle venous stasis ulcers begins with decompression therapies to move the fluids that have leaked out of the valves into the surrounding tissues back into the veins.
At Encompass HealthCare, we utilize four forms of decompressive therapies:
Compression bandaging with unna boots
In addition, we now offer venous ablation, which is an office procedure and completely dissolves the problem vein leading to the underlying reason why your wound may not be healing.
Risk Factors for Leg Wounds, Ankle wounds and Venous Stasis Ulcers
•age over 50 • heredity • low blood pressure •varicose veins• being tall• inactivity •muscle weakness •a previous injury to the legs •family history of venous insufficiency •history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in the legs •obesity •pregnancy •smoking •being female •sitting or standing for long periods
The symptoms of venous insufficiency include:
- A dull aching, heaviness, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs
- Leg pain that gets worse when standing
- Pain that gets better when legs are raised
- Flaking, itching or tingling on the legs or feet
- Swelling of the legs
- Redness of the legs and ankles
- Skin color changes around the ankles
- Varicose veins on the skin surface
- Thickening and hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles
- Ulcers on the legs and ankles
- A wound that is slow to heal on the legs or ankle
How do I tell whether my ulcer is from venous insufficiency or arterial insufficiency? Raising legs (typically swollen) above the heart helps symptoms of venous insufficiency where lowering the legs off the side of the bed helps the pain of arterial insufficiency. A simple ultrasound performed in our office or a transcutaneous oximetry (TCOM) test can easily identify arterial insufficiency as well as possible coexisting venous insufficiency.