It is estimated that approximately one in 50 people over the age of 80 has a venous ulcer. Do you know what to be on the lookout for and what to do if you suspect you are developing one?
You may be at a higher risk than you think. The board certified vascular surgeons of Bronson Cardiothoracic, Vascular & Endovascular Specialists provide these tips to explain what the condition is, how you can better protect yourself from developing it and how it can be treated.
What are venous ulcers?
Venous ulcers are long-lasting sores on your body that can cause severe pain. They most often grow on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle. Venous ulcer is a shallow wound that develops when the leg veins do not return blood back toward the heart the way they are supposed to (called venous insufficiency).