Chronic Venous Insufficiency Ulcerations of the Ankle

Chronic Venous Insufficiency Ulceration PRP Therapy

A person’s veins are responsible for a number of duties that cannot be substituted or forgotten. The valves within our veins keep our blood from flowing backwards within our legs, but sometimes these valves cannot withstand all the pressure that we put on them to operate naturally. Whenever these valves are not functioning properly, gravity prevents blood from returning to the heart. This is called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which occurs quite often in aging people or those who lead sedentary lifestyles.

It is sad to say that whenever people avoid taking care of their legs and allow CVI to get the best of their bodies, ulcers start to develop along the ankle and lower limbs. Venous leg ulcers such as these are recognized now as an issue that requires treatment. Most people neglect leg ulcers because preventive measures or treatment seems cumbersome. Well, that is where platelet rich plasma therapy steps in to help patients restore the natural look and health of their skin.

In many patients, the damaged tissue from the ulcers becomes so harsh that an area of skin tissue can be lost forever. Ulcers vary in size and even though they can be bothersome, they are treatable when caught early. First of all, it is a patient’s job to recognize some of the common symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency.

Symptoms of CVI Ulcerations of the Ankle

There are a number of things to be aware of when chronic venous insufficiency makes its presence. Swelling of the legs and ankles are a few common occurrences experienced in patients. Many patients believe that venous ulcers may be painful, but they do not always come with pain. Some of the common symptoms that develop with leg ulcers include:

  • Tightness or itchy calves
  • Discoloration of skin (yellowish blemishes)
  • Fluid drainage or pus
  • Foul odors
  • Increased firmness and swelling
  • Warm or hot to the touch
  • Resistant to treatment and preventive care

PRP Therapy of Ulcerations on the Ankle

Depending on the extent of chronic venous insufficiency, the ulceration may not be responsive to certain treatment methods. This is why it is important to get in touch with a physician early on to diagnose the condition of the disease. The overall goal must be to treat the infection and relieve the patient of any pain or discomfort from the ulcer. Compression wraps do help speed up the healing process, but if the current condition of the ulcer is too severe then PRP therapy may be recommended for a quicker and easier result.

PRP therapy is a non-surgical procedure that uses a patient’s own blood to accelerate the healing process. PRP reduces the risk of foreign antibodies reacting with the immune system to heal the ailing skin tissues. Dr. Jamshidinia first evaluates your current condition and your medical history to become familiar with your case. Most patients are accepted as treatable by PRP therapy from our facility.

PRP therapy begins by removing a small amount of the patient’s blood and placed in a centrifugal system to separate the platelets required for treatment. Once the platelets are successfully separated the injection can be made to the areas surrounding the ulcer. The injection almost immediately stimulates the process of regeneration as it works with the ailing skin tissues of the foot.

Successful PRP platelets reach the tissues deep within the ulcer and release growth factors and proteins that are needed to stimulate healing of the open sore. This is where the treatment accelerates healing since a majority of patients struggle with poor blood circulation. Without PRP therapy the ulcer will remain stuck in the non-healing phase and remain a chronic condition.

Schedule a Consultation for PRP Therapy for Your Ulcers Now

If chronic venous insufficiency ulcerations of the ankle form on your feet then it is imperative to seek treatment immediately. PRP therapy is a common procedure that does not require much blood withdrawal or pain when performed successfully. If you suffer from chronic foot ailments then now is the perfect opportunity to call our PRP therapy specialist. Contact our Los Angeles office to learn more about your treatment options for chronic venous insufficiency ulcerations of the ankle.