Are swollen legs and ulcers always due to varicose veins?

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Are swollen legs and ulcers always due to varicose veins?

If you have ulcers on your legs that keep coming back even after they heal and have issues with swelling, then it could be more than just your varicose veins.


Although, for the majority of fit and healthy individuals, varicose veins may be the cause, and treating them would solve the problem.

There are also some patients who have issues with their deep veins. These are the veins which are often larger in your leg and therefore have larger volumes in them, taking blood back up to your heart.

They too have valves and these can be damaged by previous clots in them – Also known as a deep vein thrombosis.

 When the valves get affected, can then cause reflux similar to varicose veins and preventing the ulcers from healing and the cycle continues.

 The best way to find out is to get a duplex ultrasound that should distinguish the causes.

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