Leg Discoloration Specialists

Hamilton Vascular -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Hamilton Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, Katy, & San Antonio, TX

If you’ve been diagnosed with a vein-related health problem, you’re more likely to experience leg discoloration. Although this usually isn’t a serious problem, it can negatively impact your confidence and prevent you from living an active, mobile lifestyle. At Hamilton Vascular in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, Katy, and San Antonio, Texas, the team of vascular and vein experts regularly works with men and women to treat leg discoloration using conservative methods of care. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.

Leg Discoloration Q & A

What is Leg Discoloration?

Leg discoloration, also known as venous stasis dermatitis, is a common problem that occurs as a result of problems with your veins, specifically veins in your lower legs and feet. 

If your blood can’t flow freely, pressure builds up in your veins, causing them to leak. When blood leaks out of your veins, it collects in your skin, causing dark purple or red blotches. 

Anyone can develop leg discoloration, but it’s especially common in women and people over the age of 50. If you’re experiencing leg discoloration or other uncomfortable symptoms associated with it, make an appointment with the team at Hamilton Vascular as soon as possible. 

What are the Symptoms of Leg Discoloration?

The most obvious symptoms of leg discoloration are swelling and changes in skin color around your ankles. You might notice that the swelling subsides at night but reappears during the day. As leg discoloration progresses, you might also experience: 

  • Varicose veins
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Sores or open wounds
  • Thickened skin
  • Hair loss around your ankles


Ultimately, skin discoloration causes the skin around and above your ankles to turn yellow, red, purple, or brown. 

How Do You Treat Leg Discoloration?

At Hamilton Vascular, the team uses conservative measures of treatment to address skin discoloration. Depending on your medical history and symptoms, they might recommend:

  • Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive vein treatment that involves your Hamilton Vascular provider placing a catheter into a series of affected veins and using radiofrequency energy to heat them up. The heat causes your veins to collapse, rerouting your blood to healthier blood vessels.
  • Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is similar to radiofrequency ablation. However, instead of using a catheter and radiofrequency energy, your provider addresses clogged or disabled veins with a chemical solution known as a sclerosant. The sclerosant causes your damaged veins to collapse, rerouting your blood to healthier vessels.
  • Phlebectomy: At Hamilton Vascular, the team also performs phlebectomies. A phlebectomy is an in-office procedure that involves your doctor making a series of small incisions near varicose veins in your legs. After making the incisions, your doctor uses a small, hook-like tool to carefully remove the veins. You return home after your procedure.


Am I a Candidate for Leg Discoloration Treatment?

The team at Hamilton Vascular can help you determine what type of leg discoloration treatment you’ll most benefit from. 

If you only have minor symptoms, you might benefit from healthy lifestyle changes such as losing weight and regular exercise. For more serious cases, your doctor might recommend radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, or phlebectomy.

If you have discolored or swollen skin around your calves and ankles, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Make an appointment at Hamilton Vascular today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.