More Artery Conditions
What Causes Leg/Foot Ulcers?
Leg/foot wounds or ulcers may begin with a small area of skin breakdown from trauma or pressure on a particular area. Patients with diabetes, history of smoking, and cardiovascular risk factors are more prone to developing ulcers that may not heal due to lack of blood flow to the area of the ulcer/wound. A non-healing ulcer places the limb at risk for infection, gangrene (dead tissue) and limb loss (amputation).
Wounds that do not heal within 30 days are considered non-healing and evaluation for peripheral artery disease (blockage) as well as venous disease is indicated.
What are the Symptoms of Leg/Foot Ulcers?
Symptoms of extremity ulceration may include:
Skin breakdown (sometimes with fat or bone exposed)
Pain in the area of the ulcer
Concomitant peripheral artery disease may result in leg pain/discomfort worse with walking/exertion, relieved by rest, skin changes, decreased pulses, and a pale appearance of the wound with little bleeding.