I am 62 and have a dark rough patch on my right ankle, I have history of ulcers in my family, can this be an early stage? how can I prevent it from progressing?
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You should be evaluated for Venous insufficiency. Venous stasis dermatitis may cause dark discolration around the ankles. This happens when the blood pools in the legs and ankles, and the pigment from the red blood cells deposits itself in the skin, causing dark discoloration. Have yourself checked out by a cardiologist or vascular surgeon who specializes in Veins and vein issues
Your should be examined by a knowledgeable physician. Patches like you describe, are often associated with vein disease, but may arise from other sources. A vascular surgeon will be able tell whether you have venous insufficiency, and if indicated perform a venous duplex ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis. Since there is a high likelihood that it is vein related, I would recommend seeing a vascular surgeon. If it is not vein related, the surgeon will either treat or appropriately refer you to an appropriate specialist for further evaluation.
Prior recommendations are valid especially for you to get a qualified evaluation as the information given and the lack of a picture make specific diagnosis and treatment impossible. Please proceed with immediate evaluation.