What does it mean to have “ugly legs”? We use the term “ugly legs” because this is the stage at which a patient’s veins start to physically alter the appearance of their legs. At the C4 classification, we start to see visual changes to the skin like eczema, dermatitis, brown spots or other discoloration.
Atrophie blanche is a dermatologic finding characterized by white-or-light- colored patches of skin in regions with darker discoloration. This is a result of necrosis and the replacement of necrotic tissue with fibrin deposits and collagen.
Venous insufficiency is a progressive disease. In a paper titled “Progression and Venous Pathology” the authors found that 58% of all patients with venous insufficiency had progression over time, worsening at a rate of about 4.3% per year over 13 years of observations. The most significant predictors of the progression of varicose veins towards leg ulcers were corona phlebectatica, skin changes, popliteal reflux, and obesity.
We firmly believe in the power of education—that by helping people better understand what varicose veins are and what causes them, we can help them live a happier and healthier life. Here is our latest article discussing how varicose veins and diabetes are related…
How do you know if you have a blood flow problem? Your doctor can perform an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test. An ABI test compares the blood pressure of your ankle with the blood pressure of your arm. In the case of patients who have symptoms of PAD, a healthcare professional is looking to see if there are blockages in their arteries as well.
The CEAP score is a classification used by most specialists who treat venous insufficiency. It’s not universal, only about 60% of practitioners use it, but more and more third-party payers are adopting the language. CEAP is a classification of chronic venous disorders, not varicose veins.