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Treating the Root Cause of Your Leg Ulcer

Treating the Root Cause of Your Leg Ulcer

Legs ulcers are open sores that are slow to heal. A number of underlying conditions increase your risk of leg ulcers. Addressing the underlying condition causing the leg ulcer is the best way to manage this complication.

Vascular surgeon Dennis Resetarits, MD, offers a full spectrum of care at Surgical Care East, located in Camillus, New York, and serving the broader Syracuse area. Dr. Resetarits specializes in the treatment and management of venous disease and varicose veins.

Leg ulcers can develop when there is a reduction in blood flow to your legs and feet, which slows down your body's ability to heal itself. As a result, painful open wounds may develop. Any open sore increases the risk of infection and life-threatening complications if the infection spreads to the rest of your body. 

It's crucial to address leg ulcers immediately to prevent potentially life-threatening complications. Here's what to know about the underlying causes of leg ulcers.

What causes leg ulcers? 

Conditions that compromise circulation increase the risk for leg ulcers. Common underlying conditions include:

You should check your legs and feet daily for any signs of injury. Even a small cut can quickly develop into a deep open wound.

Managing leg ulcers

As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Resetarits provides expert care in lower extremity, vascular-related wounds. He works with you to determine the underlying cause of your leg ulcers and develops an individualized treatment program. 

The goal of treatment is not only to ease leg pain and other symptoms, but also to accelerate recovery so the wounds heal properly.

To treat your leg ulcer, Dr. Resetarits may prescribe antibiotics if there's any sign of infection, as well as medication to prevent blood clots when appropriate. Topical wound therapies and compression garments are common approaches to managing leg ulcers.

A medical wrap reduces the pressure so the wound can heal over time.

Preventing leg ulcers

Controlling risk factors are a major part of lowering the risk of leg ulcers. This means carefully managing underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease.

Some lifestyle and diet factors also increase the risk of leg ulcers. You can take steps such as:

Taking these steps goes a long way in lowering the risk of leg ulcers. 

Keeping your veins healthy

Keeping your vascular system healthy is crucial to living well with any chronic disease that affects your vascular system. If you have issues such as varicose veins, discuss treatment options with Dr. Resetarits. 

He offers minimally invasive procedures to close off bad veins. These procedures include:

These procedures use different approaches to close bad veins so your body reroutes blood to healthy veins, thereby boosting your vascular health. Contact us immediately if you notice any open sores starting to develop. The faster you seek treatment for leg ulcers, the better.

Anyone with a history of leg ulcers should work closely with a vascular specialist to manage leg ulcers, as well as to prevent new ulcers from forming. To learn more about leg ulcer care at Surgical Care East, call our office today to schedule a visit or use our online form to request an appointment.

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