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.
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.
Your UPMC vascular surgeon will suggest the best treatment based on the cause, location, and severity of your wounds.
Some wound healing treatments include:
To make an appointment with a vascular expert at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute: