What are arterial ulcers?

An arterial ulcer is a wound usually found on the foot or lower leg caused by poor arterial circulation. The blood flow from the heart to the legs can be impaired by the narrowing of the arteries from high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, smoking, obesity, and clotting disorders. These are deep wounds that open when pressure or friction on the skin occurs.

The treatment of arterial ulcers is focused on maintaining a moist wound environment and practicing good habits.  Patients are encouraged to exercise, wear loose clothing and eat a proper diet.

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