Arterial ulcers are caused when the body is not able to properly deliver nutrient-rich blood to the lower extremities. An area of the skin is deprived of oxygen which kills the tissue causing the formation of an open wound. Additionally, the lack of blood supply can impact its ability to heal properly, resulting in an open wound or ulcer.
Symptoms of Arterial Ulcers
Arterial wounds are well-defined and typically found on the tips of the toes, the outer ankle, or any place where there is pressure from footwear. These ulcers can extend deep down to the tendon level, causing symptoms such as:
- Yellow, brown, grey or black coloration of ulcers
- Hair loss on the affected area
- Pain around the wound
- Affected limb feels cool to the touch.
- An area turns red when hanging downward, but pales when elevated.
It is very important to seek expert medical care if you suspect you have or are concerned about an arterial ulcer. Dr. Reza Mobarak, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA and his medical team at DFW Wound Care Center have the experience and expertise to properly diagnose and treat your ulcer.
Treating Arterial Ulcers
The main goal in treating arterial ulcers is to increase circulation to the area. It is important to seek medical care from a specialist in wounds. Our wound specialist will properly examine your arterial wound and prescribe a treatment protocol. Treatments can include:
Scheduling an Appointment With Us
Our wound team is currently seeing new patients with arterial ulcers. To schedule an appointment, call either our Plano clinic at 972-665-6292, Irving at 972-607-9643, or our Lewisville clinic at 972-318-2383, or contact us online.