MD Vein & Skin Specialists
Clement Banda, MD
Dermatologist & Phlebologist located in Owen Brown, Columbia, MD
Have you noticed a change in the color of the skin around your ankle? You may be experiencing venous insufficiency. Dr. Clement Banda at MD Vein & Skin Specialists in Owen Brown, Columbia, Maryland, is a leading expert in vein health and treatment and can evaluate your circulation to see if it’s causing ankle discoloration and provide the appropriate treatment. Call today or book an appointment online.
Ankle Discoloration Q & A
What is ankle discoloration?
Ankle discoloration refers to the change in color that occurs around your ankle. It may begin as a subtle red rash that deepens in color and spreads, and ultimately causes your ankle to turn brown.
In many cases this type of ankle discoloration is caused by poor venous blood flow or varicose veins, that affects the flow of blood from the lower part of your body. If left untreated, this condition can lead to health issues such as venous stasis ulcers, which are wounds that occur on your heels or ankles that are difficult to heal.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are damaged veins that affect the flow of blood due to faulty valves, causing the blood to pool, creating the thick, gnarled vein. Varicose veins can occur in any vein in your body, but are most common in the legs. While you may consider varicose veins a cosmetic issue, they can affect blood flow and lead to pooling and edema that affects skin health, leading to issues such as venous stasis ulcers.
How do I know if varicose veins are causing ankle problems?
If you have ankle discoloration, Dr. Banda may recommend a color duplex ultrasound to take a look at your veins to see if poor circulation is causing your condition. During this noninvasive procedure, Dr. Banda places a transducer on your leg and the soundwaves generate an image that allows him to see the flow of blood through your veins.
Dr. Banda is looking for:
- Blood clots
- Changes in vein structure
- Narrowed vessels or tumors
- Reduced blood flow to areas in your legs
If Dr. Banda determines that varicose veins are causing your ankle discoloration, he can offer treatments to help improve circulation and reduce your risk of other health issues.
What treatments are available for ankle discoloration?
Treatment for ankle discoloration may include changes to your lifestyle, such as weight loss and an increase in activity. Dr. Banda may also recommend you wear compression stockings to assist the flow of blood.
If these treatments fail to improve circulation and the discoloration, Dr. Banda may recommend minimally invasive treatments such as:
- Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy
- Endovenous ablation
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
All of these treatments are done in the office and require very little, if any, downtime.
For expert care for ankle discoloration, call MD Vein & Skin Specialists or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.