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      Lipodermatosclerosis

      Lipodermatosclerosis is a relatively common condition for patients who suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. However, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Lipodermatosclerosis can present as pain, discoloration, and tenderness in the lower legs. It can sometimes be misdiagnosed as cellulitis. The condition can worsen if it’s not treated, so it’s important to have the condition properly diagnosed by a professional as soon as possible.

      Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ronnie G. Smalling at Smalling Vascular Institute specializes in vascular issues and can properly diagnose conditions such as Lipodermatosclerosis. The sooner you are diagnosed, the quicker you can begin to treat this condition.

      Don’t live in pain! Get help today by talking to Dr. Smalling at the Smalling Vascular Institute today by calling (913) 912-3624 or contacting us online today.

      What is Lipodermatosclerosis?

      Lipodermatosclerosis is inflammation and irritation of the skin on the lower legs. It is commonly found in people with venous insufficiency and in men and women over the age of 40.

      What are the Symptoms of Lipodermatosclerosis?

      Signs and symptoms of Lipodermatosclerosis can include:

      • Pain
      • Hardening of the skin
      • Swelling
      • Leg ulcers
      • Skin discoloration
      • Varicose veins

      The acute phase generally presents as redness, warmth, and tenderness in the legs. The chronic phase presents as firmness or atrophy of the skin and red or purple-brown discoloration. It’s important to seek care as soon as possible to stop the progression of this condition.

      Typical Causes and Connection to Venous Disease

      The exact cause of Lipodermatosclerosis is unknown. However, it usually occurs as a side effect of venous insufficiency.

      Venous insufficiency is a circulatory condition that happens when the valves inside your veins malfunction. Blood that flows through your veins and up to your heart can pool and form a clot. This results in high blood pressure and swelling in the legs. The extreme pressure in your legs can cause the skin to feel warm and irritated and can cause discoloration.

      Signs of Venous Insufficiency:

      • Swelling in legs and/or ankles
      • Itchy feeling in the skin
      • Discolored skin
      • Pain
      • Varicose veins
      • Leg ulcers

      It’s important to seek care right away if you suspect venous insufficiency. The progression can be stopped by starting the proper treatment.

      Risk Factors

      There are certain risk factors associated with Lipodermatosclerosis. These can include:

      • Age
      • Immobility
      • Trauma to the veins
      • History of smoking
      • Obesity

      Treatment of Lipodermatosclerosis

      Maintaining your blood pressure is vital to vein health. High blood pressure makes the veins work harder to push blood up to your heart. Maintaining sufficient blood flow through the veins in your legs will help control Lipodermatosclerosis.

      Treatment options include:

      • Endovenous ablation therapy
      • Maintaining a healthy weight
      • Exercise
      • Skin moisturizer
      • Avoiding smoking and alcohol
      • Limb elevation
      • Compression therapy
      • OTC pain medications

      ENDOVENOUS ABLATION THERAPY

      Endovenous ablation is a therapy that closes varicose veins. This is a minimally invasive procedure that takes place in a doctor’s office. It takes under 1 hour to complete and medicine is administered so you don’t feel pain. Heat is used to contract the collagen in the vein walls, closing off the varicose veins. The procedure leaves minimal scarring and results are usually seen within a few weeks.

      MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT

      Excess weight can cause high pressure in the veins. Maintaining a healthy weight can help keep your blood pressure regulated.

      EXERCISE

      Regular exercise can help promote a strong heart and control blood pressure levels.

      SKIN MOISTURIZER

      Regularly applying lotion to your legs can help keep them moisturized. This prevents dryness, skin cracking, and ulcerations.

      AVOID SMOKING AND ALCOHOL

      Avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol intake can lower your blood pressure. Nicotine makes your heart beat faster which causes your blood pressure to rise.

      LIMB ELEVATION

      Elevating your legs above the height of your heart can reduce the pressure in your legs.

      COMPRESSION THERAPY

      Compression therapy helps maintain normal blood pressure in your legs. Wearing compression stockings on the lower half of your leg encourages blood to move upward toward your heart.

      OTC PAIN MEDICATIONS

      Over-the-counter pain medications can help control the pain while dealing with Lipodermatosclerosis.

      Lipodermatosclerosis can be quite painful and interfere with your quality of life. Fortunately, if diagnosed and treated properly, the condition can be controlled.

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