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.