We're So Vain
General Surgeon & Vascular Surgeon located in New London, CT
Ankle discoloration may indicate venous reflux disorder or other common vein problems. If your ankles appear blue, purple, red, or another unusual color, board-certified physician Gregory Azia, MD, provides comprehensive evaluations and treatments at We're So Vain in New London, Connecticut. Use the online booking tool to schedule your ankle discoloration appointment or call the practice to schedule a visit by phone today.
Ankle Discoloration Q & A
What causes ankle discoloration?
Abnormal changes in your skin tone, texture, or color on your ankles or lower legs may be a sign of vein problems. If you experience ankle discoloration, you may have any of the following conditions (to name a few):
- Venous stasis dermatitis
- Venous insufficiency
- Spider veins
Your risk of struggling with ankle discoloration because of vein problems is higher if you’re overweight or are over the age of 50. Ankle discoloration is also more likely to occur if you often have to sit or stand for hours at a time since these lifestyle factors can limit blood circulation throughout your lower extremities.
When should I see a doctor for ankle discoloration?
Ankle discoloration is never something you should ignore, whether it occurs gradually over time or suddenly. Dr. Azia encourages you to come into We're So Vain for an ankle discoloration examination if you notice:
- Scaly or crusty sores
- Heaviness in your legs
- Ankle swelling
- Throbbing pain
- Leg cramps
We're So Vain provides advanced on-site diagnostic testing. In addition to performing a comprehensive exam, Dr. Azia may recommend a vascular ultrasound procedure to assess your blood flow, magnetic resonance venography to gather images of your veins, or other screening to get to the root of why you have ankle discoloration.
How is ankle discoloration treated?
Once Dr. Azia diagnoses your condition, he counsels you about ankle discoloration treatment options. He may encourage you to start any of the following treatments:
- Specialized dressings to promote wound healing
- Exercises to improve blood circulation
- Compression stockings or socks
- Compression dressing (Unna boot)
- Radiofrequency vein ablation
- Low-sodium diet
- Daily massage
Dr. Azia designs your ankle discoloration treatment plan to your specific diagnosis and the severity of symptoms you may be experiencing. He schedules you for regular follow-up visits at We're So Vain to make sure your ankle discoloration treatment is working and to make any necessary changes to your treatment plan.
If you’re noticing ankle discoloration, contact We're So Vain for an evaluation before your condition worsens. Schedule your exam through the website or by calling the office today.