Circulation problems are a common cause of lower leg wounds which lead to ulcers. If a lower leg wound doesn't close about half of its surface area within four weeks, you should see Iowa Vein Center. These wounds can deteriorate rapidly and may need surgery in severe cases. Iowa Vein Center is here to answer all your questions about leg ulcers and offer the latest treatment methods to have you looking and feeling better.

The physicians of Iowa Vein Center address the typical questions patients ask most often about leg ulcers.


Q: What causes leg ulcers?

Although circulation problems are the primary cause of leg ulcers, the following factors may increase the risk of leg ulcers - spending long periods each day sitting or standing, varicose veins, family history of parents or grandparents who had slow-healing lower leg wounds and pregnancy, which commonly causes high blood pressure in the lower legs. Smokers, diabetics and those who have a diet high in saturated fats are also likely to have problems with arteries that can result in leg ulcers.

Q: How are leg ulcers treated?

The Iowa Vein Center uses time tested treatment methods for leg ulcers associated with venous insufficiency and varicose veins. The treatment of the ulcers is done in the comfort of Iowa Vein Center's office and occasionally requires minor procedures performed in an outpatient setting. After the ulcer is healed the Center will devise a treatment plan to lessen the likelihood of recurrence and improve the health and livelihood of patients. The healing of an ulcer can be difficult and can take a period of time. Close medical follow up and patient compliance results in the best care possible to patients.

Q: How can leg ulcers be prevented?

Improving your diet, taking moderate exercise on most days of the week and giving up cigarettes may reduce your risk of developing leg ulcers.