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Learn the Connection Between Bruises and Ulcers | UVVC

Bruise vs. ulcer: What you need to know 

A venous ulcer, also known as a varicose vein ulcer, is an open wound that forms typically around the ankle or leg. It’s the result of a damaged or improperly functioning vein in the ankle or leg. Veins can become damaged or malfunction as a result of obesity, aging, traumatic injury and clotting. Ulcers and bruises are connected in some patient cases, so it’s a good idea to learn about the differences between the two.  

What are some key differences between bruises and ulcers? 

  • Bruises — Bruises are broken or damaged blood vessels. They most often occur as a result of a strike or blow to the skin. They cause skin discoloration and usually appear blue or purple and can turn yellow or green over time. Skin discoloration can often be a warning sign that an ulcer will soon appear. Some patients report seeing bruiselike areas on the skin before an ulcer forms on their leg or ankle. 
  • Ulcers — Venous ulcers are open wounds that form as a result of poor blood flow. They can take a long time to fully heal and may be prone to infection. To properly heal, the ulcer needs good blood flow. Varicose vein ulcers form when varicose or damaged veins don’t circulate blood through the leg as they should. 

How can you treat a varicose vein ulcer? 

If you have a varicose vein ulcer, fortunately, there are treatment options for you. If the ulcer has become infected, the infection can be dealt with using antibiotics. However, to treat the ulcer at its root you’ll likely need to see a specialist who can help improve circulation to the affected area. Improving circulation can be performed in a number of ways depending on the severity of the condition. For some, minimally invasive procedures may be necessary, while for others, exercise can work wonders. 

Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your varicose vein ulcers 

You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.  

Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:  

  • Reduce your symptoms. 
  • Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.  
  • Increase your overall quality of life.  

Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment.