If you’re concerned about red, yellow, or brown patches of skin around your ankles or have symptoms like itching, scaling, or hardening of your skin, you may have venous insufficiency in your lower legs. Behzad Taghizadeh, MD, FACC, has the expertise to determine the exact cause of your ankle condition and provide the best treatment for your personal needs. To schedule an evaluation for ankle discoloration at the La Mesa or San Diego, California, location, call San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center or book an appointment online.
Ankle Discoloration Q & A
What causes ankle discoloration?
Typically, venous insufficiency conditions, such as varicose veins, cause ankle discoloration. Faulty valves in your blood vessels allow blood to pool within your veins. Varicose veins occur when excess blood stretches the vein, causing it to become thick and twisted.
Does ankle discoloration have other symptoms?
These conditions cause a range of symptoms, such as:
- Leg swelling
- Lower leg pain
- Fatigue, and restlessness
Without treatment, ankle discoloration and other skin changes can become permanent. Your skin may thicken, harden, or become very dark in color.
What’s the method for diagnosing discoloration?
Which treatments can address spider vein, reticular vein or varicose vein in addition to ankle discoloration?
To address venous insufficiency and varicose vein, Dr. Taghizadeh may recommend:
- Use of compression garments
- Prescription medications
- Laser vein treatments
- Radiofrequency ablation
Sometimes, the best option for varicose veins is to surgically remove the vein itself. Dr. Taghizadeh has expertise in a minimally invasive, outpatient removal procedure known as microphlebectomy
If you worry about embarrassing ankle discoloration or suffer from painful varicose veins in your legs, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taghizadeh. Call San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center today or make an appointment online.