When Pain Has You Wound Up: Answering Top 3 Questions About Non-Healing Leg Wounds

You hiss and frown in pain as you reach down to clean the wound on your leg. Again.

It’s been several weeks since you first took note of its ugly appearance and you can’t help but wonder: “It should have healed by now… right?”

Ideally, it would have. However, if you have a non-healing wound on your leg or ankle, your blood flow may actually be to blame. Here are answers to the top three questions that may arise as a result of this kind of discomfort:

What Are Non-Healing Wounds?

Non-healing wounds on the legs and feet are often vascular ulcers, or wounds on the lower extremities that develop from circulatory conditions and may take months to heal, if at all.

Depending on the specific cause of the wound, ulcers may be either arterial or venous. In either case, the bottom line is that improper or stagnated blood flow has ultimately impeded the body’s ability to regulate and heal on its own.

“Arterial ulcers develop as the result of damage to the arteries due to lack of blood flow to tissue,” Healthline explains. “Venous ulcers develop from damage to the veins caused by an insufficient return of blood back to the heart.”

Vascular conditions that may cause vascular ulcers include:

How Do I Know If It’s A Vascular Issue?

If you’re not sure whether vascular complications may be the source of your pain, there are some other symptoms and physical details that may help you to determine what you may or may not be dealing with.

For example, venous ulcers are often deep and grow larger over time if not treated. They also exude fluid, may involve a brown discoloration of the skin, and involve scabbing, itching, and inflammation.

“Venous leg ulcers are the most common type of leg ulcer, accounting for 80% to 85% of all cases and mainly affecting older adults,” according to Cleveland Clinic. “Women are about twice as likely as men to have them — roughly 42% to 18%, respectively.”

Arterial ulcers, on the other hand, may often be surrounded by red skin that looks somewhat “shiny” by virtue of how tight the skin is. Arterial ulcers do not bleed or weep and may even feel cold or appear to blacken as gangrene sets in.

“In addition to these common features, the physical examination may reveal a decrease in peripheral pulses, lack of hair over the distal leg, and cyanosis, pallor, and/or atrophy of the surrounding skin,” a 2010 article details.

What Do I Do If I Have A Non-Healing Leg Wound?

Non-healing wounds on your lower extremities are not only painful and uncomfortable, but they may prompt heightened levels of anxiety, leaving you scrambling to find the right person to call.

Luckily, here at Duval Vascular Center, we offer state-of-the-art vascular care and a comfortable outpatient setting! Be it arterial or venous in nature, we have the expertise and treatments necessary to restore your health and enhance your comfort.

What’s more, we offer FREE vascular screenings to get you started!

So, are you ready to learn more? Then contact Duval Vascular Center today by calling (904) 518-1398! Whatever your needs, your health is our priority.