Leg ulcers are long term wounds which will not heal on their own. They can be painful and undesirable, causing difficulty with dressing, or soiling of clothing.
Patches of superficial veins on your legs, known as thread veins, or spider veins, due to their web like appearance, can be equally inconvenient. Bringing aching legs, or immediate pain and cosmetic issues.
The two are not necessarily connected, although there can be related causes. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis and treatment as early as possible is the right option.
Diagnosis Of Leg Ulcers & Veins
Our understanding of these issues has moved on in recent years, such as improved ultrasound tests. A higher percentage of leg ulcers than thought are due to superficial vein valve failure.
The early symptoms are also better understood by consultant dermatologists. Giving an excellent opportunity to deal with the problem, at a time when finding a solution is more certain.
Small, shiny patches on your lower leg could suggest a range of issues but a specialist will know the difference. At the other end of the scale, if skin cancers are developing alongside, or rather than ulcers, they can see this. We are a leading provider of skin cancer treatment in London and further afield.
A range of scientific tests are available at our London clinics. To measure blood pressure and circulation in your legs, or advanced microscopes to examine your skin, or analysis of a biopsy passed to our laboratory.
They may be used but this is a situation where the eye of a good consultant is of immeasurable value. The complexity and variety of these conditions need human decisions, to establish the best course of action.
Treating Leg Ulcers & Spider Veins
For leg ulcers, there may be underlying conditions to be considered, or treated, from infections, to diabetes, to varicose veins. Other personal factors can be part of the equation.
Treatment for leg ulcers in our London clinics could involve creams for dry skin, antibiotics for infection, steroid creams, specialist dressings, or more direct intervention by our specialists.
With the range of underlying causes and symptoms, this is an area where laying out a list of “cures” would be misleading. Our clear up rate is exceptional because we don’t do this, we treat the individual.
For spider, or thread veins, dedicated lasers can be used. This is available at our Chelsea and Barnet clinics, along with a full range of treatment for leg ulcers. Our consultants offer the skills to heal and the most important skill, listening to you.