Venous stasis dermatitis, or darkening of skin on of the lower legs, is a common sign of underlying vein disease (even if varicose veins are not present). The change in pigmentation to a dark color usually occurs around the feet or ankles. It can be a sign of a potentially more advanced disease and can lead to thinning of the skin and even eventual ulceration.
Signs of Venous Stasis Dermatitis
- skin around the ankles has a looks reddish, yellowish or a brown color.
- associated swelling around the ankle area.
- a thickening of skin around the ankles or shins.
- hair loss on the ankle or shins in the associated area.