Darkened or discolored skin on your lower leg and ankle may be a sign that you have vein disease. To confirm the root cause of ankle discoloration, the team at Comprehensive Vascular Care offers on-site diagnostic services at their offices in Southfield and Novi, Michigan. The board-certified physicians customize a treatment plan to improve your vein health and reduce your risk for long-term cardiac and vascular complications. To learn more about available treatments for vein diseases that cause ankle discoloration, call the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Ankle discoloration can be the result of a condition known as stasis dermatitis. The discoloration occurs because of poor blood circulation and venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency develops when the valves that prevent the backflow of blood in your veins malfunction and allow blood to leak and pool in your veins. This pooling of blood in your ankle causes the breakdown of the iron content of your red blood cells that leads to ankle discoloration.
Stasis dermatitis typically develops in people over 50 due to age-related changes in your blood vessel. However, you may also experience venous insufficiency if you undergo surgery, have blood clots, or suffer an injury.
If you notice any changes in the color of the skin on your leg or ankle, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic consultation at Comprehensive Vascular Care.
Without a proper diagnosis and treatment, ankle discoloration can worsen over time and increase your risk of developing ulcers that are slow to heal.
The goals of treating ankle discoloration are to address the underlying cause of the condition and improve the overall health of your veins.
The team at Comprehensive Vascular Care provides several minimally invasive treatment options, including:
Compression therapy involves the use of compression stockings that help blood circulate back to your heart more efficiently.
Endovenous ablation is a special technique to destroy damaged veins without removing them. The treatment uses heat energy to seal the vein, and your blood reroutes to nearby healthy veins to improve your circulation.
Your provider at Comprehensive Vascular Care also works with you on lifestyle changes that reduce your risk factors of additional ankle discoloration issues and venous insufficiency. That may include avoiding long periods of standing or sitting and incorporating more physical activity into your day.
You can also improve the circulation of blood in your legs by elevating them above your heart while at rest or when sleeping.
If you need a diagnostic evaluation for ankle discoloration, call the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or request an appointment online today.