Lipodermatosclerosis is caused by the inflammation of the layer of fat underneath the skin of the lower legs. Although the exact cause of this medical condition is unknown, it is believed to be related to obesity and certain vein abnormalities, such as venous incompetence and venous high blood pressure. Individuals who suffer from lipodermatosclerosis also tend to have venous insufficiency. Approximately 66 percent of people with lipodermatosclerosis are also obese.
Occurring in one or both legs, lipodermatosclerosis symptoms can be acute or chronic. An acute condition appears like an infection. The affected area may be painful along with appearing red and swollen. The chronic form of the condition develops over time. It may result from an acute bout with the illness. The skin becomes progressively harder and thicker as the color darkens and reddens.
The medical condition is typically diagnosed based on the presence of various signs, symptoms, and characteristics of the condition. The signs of lipodermatosclerosis include pain, hardening of the skin and swelling as well as a change in skin color and a tapering of the legs above the ankles. The legs take on the appearance of inverted Champagne bottles or bowling pins. Sufferers may also experience varicose veins, small areas of white scar tissue and leg ulcers as the skin becomes more fragile. Signs and symptoms usually present themselves in middle age. Laser Vein treatments help.
Compression therapy is the main course of treatment for lipodermatosclerosis. This is designed to improve venous insufficiency. Other treatment options include elevating the legs, reducing the amount of time that you sit or stand in one place and engaging in a regimen of regular exercise. If the individual is obese, a weight management program may be instituted. Some patients may require medications to minimize blood clots and reduce pain and swelling.
Depending upon the response to these treatment methods, certain vein procedures may be required. These procedures may include minimally-invasive endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with lipodermatosclerosis, the first step in resolving the problem is to visit Fox Vein Experts in Hollywood or Pembroke Pines. We will perform a thorough examination and order the required diagnostic tests. The results of the exam and tests will help our team of professionals formulate the best course of action. Our experienced staff is committed to alleviating your discomfort and improving your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.