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Arterial Ulcers

Arterial ulcers are a type of wound that occurs when there is not enough blood flow to the affected area. The most common cause of arterial ulcers is atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries. This plaque narrows the arteries and decreases blood flow to the extremities, such as the legs and feet. Other causes of arterial ulcers include diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and Buerger’s disease. Symptoms of an arterial ulcer include pain, numbness, and changes in skin color. If left untreated, an arterial ulcer can lead to serious infections and even death. Treatment for an arterial ulcer typically includes medications to improve blood flow and wound care to promote healing. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage caused by an arterial ulcer.

Expertly Trained Staff Dedicated to Healing Your Wounds

Complex Healthcare Solutions is dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with arterial ulcers. Our wound care centers are equipped with the latest technology and our staff is specially trained in the treatment of these wounds. We offer a variety of treatments, including dressings, wraps, and topical medications, that are designed to heal the wound and improve the patient’s quality of life. We also provide education and support to help patients prevent future ulcers from developing. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care possible so that our patients can live full and active lives.

Get Relief from Arterial Ulcers

Arterial ulcers are often excruciating. They are typically found on the ankle, foot, and sometimes on the lower leg. The pain caused by them is often worse during the evening, so patients may lie on their backs in the bed or lie in a chair to receive relief from the night-time pain.

Most painful, non-healing ulcers need urgent attention to increase blood flow to the wound. The pain is often relieved quickly with better circulation, and the ulcer will heal.

The following guidelines can reduce the chance of developing arterial ulcers in high-risk patients as well as reduce complications for patients with already-present symptoms:

  • Control cholesterol, blood pressure, triglyceride, glucose, and blood pressure levels.
  • Stop smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes a buildup of plaques or blockages in the arteries, leading to insufficient perfusion of the extremities.
  • Check your feet (especially between feet) and legs every day for any unusual color changes or sores development.
  • Check that your shoes are correctly fitted to prevent areas of friction or pressure. Avoid wearing constrictive socks.
  • Avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Keep feet and legs safe from infection and injury.
  • Avoid temperatures below freezing.
  • Do as much exercise as is convenient.
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting.

Consult our specialised doctor if you’re unsure or if your symptoms worsen after trying these techniques.

Diagnosis of an Arterial Ulcer

Venous ulcers are pretty common in the United States and affect between 500K and 2 million people each year.

As with any ulcer, primary treatment increases blood circulation to the affected area. Additional treatment goals include:

  • Healing the wound effectively
  • Reducing pain
  • Speeding the recovery process

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

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRIs

Other Non-invasive tests include:

  • Transcutaneous Oxygen Pressure Measurement: A non-invasive test evaluates the oxygen partial pressure dispersing via the skin. We perform the test on any part of the healthy skin and measure the capacity to deliver oxygen through the veins.
  • Toe Brachial Index (TBI): It is a mathematical calculation based on the systolic blood pressure on the arm and those of the blood pressure systolic on the toes. We carry the exam out using the help of a Photo plethysmograph (PPG), an infrared sensor, and a small blood pressure cuff placed on the toe.
  • The Resting Systolic Toe Pressure (TP): We use TP besides the ankle-brachial index when screening for lower limb peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in those with diabetes, particularly in lower limb media arterial calcification.
  • Arteriography: An arteriogram is an X-ray of the blood vessels. We use this to look for changes in the blood vessels, such as the ballooning of a blood vessel (aneurysm) and narrowing of a blood vessel (stenosis).
  • Buerger’s Test: It is used to assess the adequacy of the arterial supply to the leg. We perform it in two stages. When the patient is lying on their back, raise both legs until they are at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Arterial Doppler Studies: Doppler ultrasonography analyzes the blood flow of the major veins and arteries in the legs and arms using ultrasound (high-frequency sounds that bounce through the body).

Final Treatment

Examining the above diagnosis tests properly, our vascular specialist will provide helpful treatments for Arterial Ulcers, including:

  • Wound debridement (removal of tissue)
  • Compression
  • Advanced wound dressing
  • Surgery
  • Vacuum-assisted closure
  • Genetical skin substitutes or nanotechnology apply
  • Systemic hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Medications

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At Complex Healthcare Solutions, our care team’s approach is to collaborate with your treatment to address any existing conditions you are currently suffering. Our specialists will work to create a complete treatment plan suited to you to heal and fully recover quickly.

To make an appointment with our healthcare professional and specialists, submit your appointment request or call us at +1-817-386-8886.

Arterial Ulcers

Arterial ulcers are a type of wound that occurs when there is not enough blood flow to the affected area. The most common cause of arterial ulcers is atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque in the arteries. This plaque narrows the arteries and decreases blood flow to the extremities, such as the legs and feet. Other causes of arterial ulcers include diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and Buerger’s disease. Symptoms of an arterial ulcer include pain, numbness, and changes in skin color. If left untreated, an arterial ulcer can lead to serious infections and even death. Treatment for an arterial ulcer typically includes medications to improve blood flow and wound care to promote healing. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage caused by an arterial ulcer.

Complex Healthcare Solutions is dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with arterial ulcers. Our wound care centers are equipped with the latest technology and our staff is specially trained in the treatment of these wounds. We offer a variety of treatments, including dressings, wraps, and topical medications, that are designed to heal the wound and improve the patient’s quality of life. We also provide education and support to help patients prevent future ulcers from developing. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care possible so that our patients can live full and active lives.

Arterial ulcers are often excruciating. They are typically found on the ankle, foot, and sometimes on the lower leg. The pain caused by them is often worse during the evening, so patients may lie on their backs in the bed or lie in a chair to receive relief from the night-time pain.

Most painful, non-healing ulcers need urgent attention to increase blood flow to the wound. The pain is often relieved quickly with better circulation, and the ulcer will heal.

The following guidelines can reduce the chance of developing arterial ulcers in high-risk patients as well as reduce complications for patients with already-present symptoms:

  • Control cholesterol, blood pressure, triglyceride, glucose, and blood pressure levels.
  • Stop smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes a buildup of plaques or blockages in the arteries, leading to insufficient perfusion of the extremities.
  • Check your feet (especially between feet) and legs every day for any unusual color changes or sores development.
  • Check that your shoes are correctly fitted to prevent areas of friction or pressure. Avoid wearing constrictive socks.
  • Avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Keep feet and legs safe from infection and injury.
  • Avoid temperatures below freezing.
  • Do as much exercise as is convenient.
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting.

Consult our specialised doctor if you’re unsure or if your symptoms worsen after trying these techniques.

Venous ulcers are pretty common in the United States and affect between 500K and 2 million people each year.

As with any ulcer, primary treatment increases blood circulation to the affected area. Additional treatment goals include:

  • Healing the wound effectively
  • Reducing pain
  • Speeding the recovery process

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

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRIs

Other Non-invasive tests include:

  • Transcutaneous Oxygen Pressure Measurement: A non-invasive test evaluates the oxygen partial pressure dispersing via the skin. We perform the test on any part of the healthy skin and measure the capacity to deliver oxygen through the veins.
  • Toe Brachial Index (TBI): It is a mathematical calculation based on the systolic blood pressure on the arm and those of the blood pressure systolic on the toes. We carry the exam out using the help of a Photo plethysmograph (PPG), an infrared sensor, and a small blood pressure cuff placed on the toe.
  • The Resting Systolic Toe Pressure (TP): We use TP besides the ankle-brachial index when screening for lower limb peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in those with diabetes, particularly in lower limb media arterial calcification.
  • Arteriography: An arteriogram is an X-ray of the blood vessels. We use this to look for changes in the blood vessels, such as the ballooning of a blood vessel (aneurysm) and narrowing of a blood vessel (stenosis).
  • Buerger’s Test: It is used to assess the adequacy of the arterial supply to the leg. We perform it in two stages. When the patient is lying on their back, raise both legs until they are at an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Arterial Doppler Studies: Doppler ultrasonography analyzes the blood flow of the major veins and arteries in the legs and arms using ultrasound (high-frequency sounds that bounce through the body).

Examining the above diagnosis tests properly, our vascular specialist will provide helpful treatments for Arterial Ulcers, including:

  • Wound debridement (removal of tissue)
  • Compression
  • Advanced wound dressing
  • Surgery
  • Vacuum-assisted closure
  • Genetical skin substitutes or nanotechnology apply
  • Systemic hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Medications

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