Poor circulation can lead to skin changes on the feet and legs, including sores — also known as venous ulcers. It can also lead to nonhealing wounds.
If left untreated, these wounds can cause serious complications like gangrene or even limb loss.
What Causes Nonhealing Wounds?
Many health conditions can cause nonhealing wounds or ulcers, including:
Diabetic neuropathy — or nerve damage caused by diabetes — may also lead to nonhealing wounds on your feet.
If left untreated, nonhealing wounds may lead to gangrene or tissue death.
Once tissue dies, doctors must remove it — sometimes through total amputation.
Wound Healing Treatments
Your UPMC vascular surgeon will suggest the best treatment based on the cause, location, and severity of your wounds.
Some wound healing treatments include:
||Stockings or Unna boots offsets the pressure in the veins in the legs and allow venous ulcer wounds to heal.|
||A clear, plastic-like film applied over the wound and compression stocking protects the wound bed.|
||Dressings applied over ulcers promote healing and may help remove nonliving tissue from the wound (debridement).|
||Medicines applied to the wound may help promote healing.|
||Minor surgery can remove any nonliving tissue around the wound.|
||Continuous suction to the wound bed may promote healing.|
Make an Appointment for Wound Healing Care
To make an appointment with a vascular expert at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute: