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What Are Arterial Ulcers?
Arterial ulcers are breaks in the skin of the leg or foot, perhaps from a wound, puncture, or dryness, that cannot heal because of poor blood flow to the area. Because the wound cannot heal properly, the wound grows larger, allowing oxygen and bacteria to access the subcutaneous tissue. This leads to further damage and infection. Without proper blood flow to the lower extremities, even minor scrapes or cuts can develop into ulcers.
Common Symptoms of Arterial Ulcers
The lower legs and feet of patients with arterial ulcers have a swollen look, with discoloration, indicating poor circulation (ischemia) and atrophy, with hair loss and toenail discoloration. Often these limbs are cold to the touch, and lack a discernible pulse. The site of the ulcer itself is typically swollen, with no bleeding, even though the wounds are often deep, even to the muscle or bone. Arterial ulcers can be yellow, brown, or even grey or black.
What Causes Arterial Ulcers?
Arterial ulcers are caused by poor circulation. In a healthy leg, even a significant wound will heal over time with proper dressing and attention, as the body can send healthy, oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the area. If the arteries or capillaries are compromised, the tissue they service will stagnate, making it vulnerable to any kind of damage. In the case of a wound – even a small puncture – the damage will grow and spread without healing.
Many things can cause poor circulation. Here are a few conditions that can result in an arterial ulcer:
Treatment Options For Arterial Ulcers
There are a number of treatment modalities for addressing an arterial ulcer. Most concern enabling the body’s own natural healing process to fix the problem. Usually, a qualified wound treatment healthcare provider will suggest a combination of some of these approaches. With consistency and a little determination, patients often stand an excellent chance of making a complete recovery from this condition.
Choose Wound Care OC For Arterial Ulcer Treatment
In Orange County, Wound Care OC is the preeminent source for the very best professionals and resources for treating arterial ulcers and others including diabetic ulcers. Regardless of how your ulcer has formed or how advanced it is, we can get you moving toward the best possible outcome. We have helped many patients to a complete recovery from this difficult health challenge, and have the confidence to guide you as well. Call our office today, and we can schedule you for an initial evaluation. You will be glad you did.