Ankle Discoloration Specialist

San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center -  - Cardiologist

San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center

Cardiologist & Vein Specialist located in La Mesa, CA & San Diego, CA

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?

Ankle discoloration refers to abnormal changes in the color of the skin around your ankles. In the early stages, ankle discoloration appears as red patches that resemble a rash. As the discoloration spreads, it may turn yellow or brown.

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?

Left untreated, venous insufficiency around the ankle can lead to a skin condition called stasis dermatitis, and, eventually, to venous stasis ulcers. 

These conditions cause a range of symptoms, such as:

  • Itching
  • Scaling
  • Leg swelling
  • Lower leg pain

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?

When you see Dr. Taghizadeh at San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center for evaluation, he reviews your medical history and symptoms and then performs a physical examination. He may order vascular imaging, such as a venogram, to provide a clearer picture of the inside of your blood vessels. A venogram uses a contrast fluid to improve the visibility of your veins in an X-ray image.

He may also recommend a duplex ultrasound. This diagnostic procedure uses sound waves transmitted through the skin to evaluate the flow of blood within your veins.

Which treatments can address ankle discoloration?

Dr. Taghizadeh has extensive experience and a comprehensive understanding of the vascular conditions that cause ankle discoloration. He tailors your personal treatment plan based on your health history, lifestyle, and other individual factors.

To address ankle discoloration, Dr. Taghizadeh may recommend:

  • 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, as well as traditional surgery options.

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.