Wounds on the feet and legs can happen for many reasons – cuts, scrapes, accidents, or even poorly fitting shoes. For most people, these wounds respond quickly to normal first aid treatment and heal within a few days. But if you have open, ulcerous sores and skin discoloration on your legs, or wounds on your feet that don’t heal, they could be a sign of peripheral arterial disease. These types of wounds might require care from a vascular specialist.
In this article, Dr. Aaron Kovaleski and Dr. Charles Nutting, co-founders of the best Colorado vascular clinic, explain that these types of non-healing injuries are not normal. Foot problems such as these can be caused by deeper circulatory problems in the arteries that supply your legs and feet with blood.
Why wounds on the feet and legs that don’t heal can be a sign of PAD
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. If you have this condition, your arteries become lined with fatty plaque, reducing blood flow. This can lead to arterial ulcers, which primarily occur in the feet and toes, and can cause foot pain, especially at night. Arterial ulcers are dangerous, because if they become infected they can lead to critical limb ischemia, and limb loss. Vascular diseases such as PAD are responsible for over half of the lower limb amputations performed in the US each year.
How do you know if arterial disease is contributing to your foot problems?
It’s easy. Make an appointment for a consultation at the best vascular clinic in Colorado. Our office based laboratory can provide fast, non-invasive, and painless tests that can determine whether you have vascular disease in about an hour. If you do, the vascular radiologists at ECCO can treat the underlying diseases using the most advanced treatment techniques available. If the vascular disease has resulted in wounds that don’t heal, we also offer advanced wound therapies that can promote and speed wound healing. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call our offices today at 720-250-9799 or make an appointment online on our website.