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How to Prevent Foot Ulcers from PAD
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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a vascular condition that occurs when the arteries
become narrowed due to plaque buildup, also known as atherosclerosis. PAD can put
you at risk of developing foot ulcers because of the restricted blood flow to the legs and
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feet. Foot ulcers are painful, open wounds in the feet that take a long time to heal. In
some cases, they may not heal at all.
If you are concerned that you have PAD and are at risk of foot ulcers, the board-certified
vascular doctors at USA Vascular Centers can help. Schedule a screening with one of
our doctors today and start on the road toward better health. We also offer
telemedicine consultations for your convenience.
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What are Arterial Leg and Foot Ulcers?
Arterial leg and foot ulcers are painful wounds that occur when there isn’t enough
oxygen-rich blood flowing to the peripheral extremities. This lack of blood flow causes
the arteries and the tissue in the legs and feet to sustain damage.
Because of this damage, tissue death often occurs, resulting in open wounds composed
of necrotic or dying flesh. Arterial leg and foot ulcers require immediate treatment to
help reduce the risk of amputation. They are commonly found on the toes, ankles, feet,
and heels, and the discomfort they cause can make it too painful to undertake normal
Symptoms of Arterial Ulcers
If you suspect that you have peripheral artery disease ulcers, it’s helpful to know what
signs you can identify. Arterial ulcers can be black, red, or yellow and often look like
they have been “punched out” of your skin. The wound generally has a well-defined
edge. Though the wound is typi