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Ankle Discoloration Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group -  - Vein Specialist

Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group

Vein Specialist located in Beverly Grove & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, & Glendale, CA

Though ankle discoloration may occur for many reasons, including an ankle injury, it may also be a symptom of a circulation problem. At Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group, serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California, their skilled vascular surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating circulation problems that cause ankle discoloration. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Discoloration Q & A

Patient with discolored ankle image

What is ankle discoloration?

Ankle discoloration refers to a change in color to the skin that surrounds your legs. For example, your skin may turn black and blue because of an injury like an ankle sprain or reddish-brown because of changes in circulation.

If you suspect your ankle discoloration is the result of circulation problems in your legs, schedule a consultation at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group right away.

What causes ankle discoloration?

You may develop ankle discoloration from a wide range of problems. Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group specializes in vein and artery problems that may cause ankle discoloration, such as:

Peripheral artery disease

Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing or blockage in your peripheral arteries from the buildup of plaque along the blood vessel walls, a condition known as atherosclerosis.

Your peripheral arteries are the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to your organs and extremities. A blockage in the peripheral arteries in your legs may affect blood flow, causing a change in the appearance of the skin on your legs.

Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a circulation problem affecting your veins. Your veins pump blood back to your heart and lungs; tiny valves open and close to support the movement of your blood.

Damage to the valves or walls of your veins may allow blood to flow backward and pool. In addition, the increase in pressure from gravity in your ankles may cause the blood in the veins to leak under the skin, creating reddish-brown ankle discoloration.

What happens during an ankle discoloration evaluation?

You can expect a thorough exam when visiting Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group with concerns about ankle discoloration. Your vascular surgeon aims to find the root cause of your symptom so they can design the most effective treatment plan.

During your exam, your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your ankles. Then, they run tests to confirm or rule out a circulation problem, including an ultrasound to assess circulation through your arteries and veins. 

How is ankle discoloration treated?

Ankle discoloration is a symptom, and treatment focuses on finding ways to improve blood circulation. Your plan may depend on your diagnosis and medical history and include:

  • Keeping your feet elevated 
  • Medication to improve blood flow
  • Medicine to treat underlying conditions 
  • Exercise routine
  • Compression stockings

For peripheral artery disease, your surgeon at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group may suggest angioplasty and stenting to restore blood flow.

For venous insufficiency, your surgeon may recommend sclerotherapy, Varithena®, or endovenous laser therapy to close off the defective vein and improve circulation.  

Ankle discoloration may be a sign of a circulation problem. Call Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group or schedule a consultation online today.