Ulcers

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

About 15% of American adults have lower leg or foot ulcers. If you or a loved one experiences an ulcer, don’t wait to seek treatment, as they significantly increase your risk of infection and gangrene. At Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, the team of board-certified vascular surgeons and vein and wound specialists manages complex ischemic wounds and venous stasis ulcers. Using the latest techniques, wound care products, and procedures, they can prevent further issues. To schedule a flexible appointment, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office and speak with a friendly staff member today.

Ulcers Q & A

What are ulcers?

Ulcers are wounds or open sores that fail to heal and recur. Without early diagnosis and treatment, ulcers increase your risk of more serious health problems, including infection and the need for amputation. 


What causes ulcers?

Some of the most common causes of ulcers include:

  • Poor circulation
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Lymphedema
  • Inflammatory disease
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol

You might also develop ulcers if you smoke or take certain prescription medications.


What are the different types of ulcers?

The team at Comprehensive Vascular Care treats several types of ulcers, including:

Complex ischemic wounds

Ischemic (arterial) ulcers occur on the feet, near the heels, or on the tips of your toes. In some cases, they occur on the nail bed. Ischemic wounds typically form due to pressure caused by friction of your shoes and socks.

They’re yellow, brown, or black and don’t bleed. This type of ulcer is very painful, especially at night. Anyone can experience ischemic ulcers, but they’re particularly common in people with poor circulation.

Venous stasis ulcers

Venous stasis ulcers typically occur beneath the knees on the inner part of the legs, like the calves. They’re red and covered in a yellow fibrous tissue. Additionally, venous stasis ulcers often cause skin discoloration and swelling.

This type of ulcer is common in people with a history of varicose veins, blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis. Overall, venous stasis ulcers account for about 90% of all leg ulcers.


How are ulcers diagnosed?

To diagnose ulcers, your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider physically examines your feet, legs, and ankles, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. They also conduct vascular diagnostic testing such as vascular ultrasound, carotid duplex, or ankle-brachial index (ABI) test.


How are ulcers treated?

Treatment for ulcers depends on the severity of your wounds and their effects on your quality of life. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, encourage recovery, and prevent further infection.

Comprehensive Vascular Care might recommend:

  • Antibiotics to stop an infection
  • Antiplatelet or anti-clotting medications
  • Topical wound care therapies
  • Compression bandages
  • Braces or soft casts
  • Custom orthotics

If your ulcer continues to grow in size, surgical intervention may be necessary.

To learn more about treatment for ulcers, schedule an appointment at Comprehensive Vascular Care. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office.