Lipodermatosclerosis is a troubling skin condition that affects the lower legs. Researchers have yet to determine the cause of the condition, although there are connections to people who have problems with their veins. Obesity may play a role in the condition as well, putting those who are overweight at a greater risk of developing the condition. If you see changes in the skin on your lower legs, you may be a victim of lipodermatosclerosis.
What Does Lipodermatosclerosis Look Like?
If you have this condition, there are several symptoms that may affect you. You may notice that your legs begin to swell and the skin hardens. An increased incidence of varicose veins is common. Your skin color may vary from places where your legs are red and others where you have small patches of white. Ulcers may appear on your legs, and your legs may get narrower above your ankle before puffing up.
The condition can be rather painful to the point that you simply want to get off of your feet. Lipodermatosclerosis can make you extremely self-conscious about the appearance of your legs. It is usually diagnosed on its appearance alone. However, our doctor may recommend that you have testing, such as an ultrasound, in order to look at what is happening in your veins.
What Can You Do About Lipodermatosclerosis?
We may take a combination approach to combat lipodermatosclerosis. One of the most common treatments is compression therapy to improve circulation in your legs. You will also be advised to become more active in order to strengthen your legs. Stronger legs will result in stronger veins. If you are overweight, losing weight may help you as well. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for this condition. Our team can create a customized treatment plan designed to rid you of your troubling symptoms.
Talk to Our Doctor
If you have lipodermatosclerosis, don’t suffer in silence or try to handle it on your own. This does not have to be your lot in life. Allow our doctor at the South Texas Vein Institute to examine your legs, discuss your symptoms and direct you on the right path for treatment. When you work together, you can find answers for lipodermatosclerosis. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Edinburg.