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Dry Skin Changes in the Lower Leg May be a Sign of Vein Disease

Dry, discolored, itchy skin in your lower leg? You may have advanced vein disease. These changes may or may not be associated with bulging veins but are often associated with swelling and achiness later in the day.

Dry, thickened skin and color changes in the lower leg are a sign of vein disease and are often proceeded by:

  • Fullness & aching later in the day
  • Tiredness and early fatigue in the lower legs as the day progresses
  • Swelling later in the day - may be subtle
Get Evaluated for Vein Disease
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Dry skin in the lower leg and ankle, especially with brownish discoloration is a sign of vein disease. This will continue to progress if not treated.
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Skin color changes, from pink to brown, with tissue damage, dryness and discoloration are a result of venous disease.

Results of Vein Disease

In addition to dry skin and skin discoloration, advanced vein disease can cause prominent spider patterns to form at your ankles and feet.

Other signs and symptoms of vein disease include:

  • Lower leg and ankle swelling (edema)
  • Spider veins in the legs
  • Bleeding from ruptured small veins in the skin around the ankle area with overlying dry brittle skin
  • Skin sensitivity prone to rashes
  • Brittle skin prone to cracks and bleeding
  • Leg ulcers with prolonged healing and pain. These may occur spontaneously or after skin trauma.
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Your Cure for Dry Skin Changes

Prevention can be as simple as lifestyle changes that help delay the progression of your dry skin changes in the lower leg and ankle:

  • Moisturize your dry skin two times a day
  • Exfoliate dead skin to promote new skin cell production
  • Elevate your legs whenever possible
  • Wear compression socks or stockings at work or when you are standing or sitting for long periods
  • See a specialist for evaluation of dramatic skin changes
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Problem putting on compression? There are many devises and tools to help you put on compression socks and stockings.

Control Advanced Vein Disease

If you've noticed dry skin changes and darkening of the skin of the lower leg, seek an evaluation to see if your leg's skin changes are signs of vein disease. Vein disease can be controlled and the manifestations eliminated or allieved.

Compression socks, stockings and other compression systems employing Velcro wraps are the gold standard in controlling the signs and symptoms of vein disease. There are fashionable and light weight styles available in a variety of textures and colors.

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VIDEO: How to put on compression socks & stockings

Do you have the warning signs and symptoms of vein disease?

Take this short, five-question quiz to find out if you’re at risk.

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Do your legs often feel tired and heavy?