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Venous and Arterial Leg Ulcers​

Ulcers are wounds or open sores that will not heal. Venous ulcers are quite common in the U.S. and affect between 500,000 and 2 million people each year.

Causes of Venous and Arterial Ulcers

On the leg, venous and arterial ulcers are often caused by:

  • Poor circulation
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Blood clots
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney failure
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Medications
  • Infections


To diagnose a venous or arterial ulcer and develop a customized treatment plan, a wound healing expert will examine the affected area and use:

  • X-rays
  • MRIs
  • CT scans
  • Other non-invasive tests


Helpful treatments for leg ulcers include:

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