Leg showing venous ulcer

What Are Venous Leg Ulcers?

It’s important to get treatment for any unhealed wounds that form on the legs.

About Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers are a symptom of advanced vein disease. Certain factors put you at increased risk for venous leg ulcers, including varicose veins, obesity, standing for long periods of time (usually for work) and having a history of blood clots in your legs. 

1 in 4 Americans 65+ will have a venous leg ulcer in their lifetime.1

What Causes Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers are caused by high pressure in the lower leg veins, called venous hypertension. When this pressure continues, it damages the skin, which breaks down and forms an ulcer. This video explains more about venous leg ulcers, why they form and what you can do about them.

Symptoms of Venous Leg Ulcers

Venous leg ulcers can be unsightly and painful wounds that develop around your ankle. They typically look like large, shallow wounds with uneven edges. Other symptoms2 can include:

Before and after treatment pictures

Before & After Treatment

See results from Varithena treatment.

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Treat the Veins That Feed the Ulcers

Treat the Veins That Feed the Ulcers

With Varithena, you can treat the symptoms of the underlying cause of certain kinds of advanced venous disease. Treatment focuses on eliminating the diseased veins, and blood flow is redirected through healthier vessels.

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  1. Margolis et al. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002;46(3):381-386.
  2. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/leg-sores-wont-heal-whats-causing-your-venous-leg-ulcers/