Ankle Discoloration Specialist

Beach Wellness MD

Ali Golshan, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Circulation problems can cause embarrassing discoloration around your feet and ankles. The vein conditions that can lead to ankle discoloration may also cause swelling, pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Ali Golshan, MD, is a leading vascular specialist who provides minimally invasive vein treatments that address the underlying conditions that lead to ankle discoloration. Dr. Golshan performs these nonsurgical procedures right in the office at Beach Wellness MD in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. To schedule a consultation for ankle discoloration, call the clinic today, or make an appointment online.

Ankle Discoloration Q & A

What causes ankle discoloration?

If you have a condition that’s interfering with your circulation, you may develop discoloration in your ankles or feet. Also known as stasis dermatitis, ankle discoloration may be caused by the following conditions:

  • Varicose veins 
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart failure

Ankle discoloration is most common in older adults. 

Prevention and ways to prevent the progress of ankle discoloration:

Some ways to prevent ankle discoloration:

  • Being Active 
  • Compressing socking (keeps the blood moving up)
  • Weight gain in abdomen  

Are there other symptoms associated with ankle discoloration?

In addition to skin that appears red, yellow, or brown around your ankles, you may notice:

  • Itching
  • Scaly or thickened skin
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Hair loss on ankles or legs

You may also have pain or swelling; these may improve when your legs are elevated.

How is ankle discoloration treated?

Dr. Golshan at Beach Wellness MD specializes in minimally invasive vein treatments that treat the underlying venous conditions that cause ankle discoloration. He uses a combination of nonsurgical treatment options to address varicose veins and venous insufficiency. 

Your safe, effective treatment plan may include:


Varithena is an FDA-approved foam medication that Dr. Golshan injects into your veins with a tiny needle. Varithena causes the primary dysfunctional vein to collapse; blood flow then redirects itself to healthy veins.


Sclerotherapy uses a custom-formulated foam or liquid medication that’s injected into smaller, branching veins. The medication hardens the veins and redirects blood flow. Your immune system then eliminates the sealed blood vessels naturally.

What are the benefits of nonsurgical vein treatments?

Nonsurgical vein treatments are as effective as vein surgery, but they require shorter recovery times and have fewer risks. They’re also a safer and less painful option than laser or radiofrequency vein treatments for ankle discoloration.

The benefits of nonsurgical vein treatments include:

  • Short treatments (10-15 minutes)
  • No anesthesia required
  • Zero scarring
  • Little to no discomfort 
  • Minimal downtime

You can expect to return to daily activities right away. You may need to wear a compression garment and restrict your physical activity for up to a week after your ankle discoloration procedure.

To schedule a consultation regarding ankle discoloration, call Beach Wellness MD today, or make an appointment online.