Of adults over 40 years of age in the United States, about 4.5% have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This is a lack of circulation to your legs and feet. Healing an ulceration where there is a lack of circulation is very challenging for you and your doctor. The most important part of healing these open sores is bringing blood into the foot. Dr. Geller works with vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and radiologists who can help with this part of your care. The actual care of the open wound is determined by Dr. Geller. This will involve something to keep pressure off the sore and medication applied to the wound. At Desert Foot Surgeons you will find a physician with the expertise and experience needed to develop a program that best suits your needs.
Those of you who have healed an arterial ulceration have suffered a great deal of pain and possibly even undergone surgical correction of the poor artery circulation. If this is not enough reason to quit smoking I don’t know what is. Part of your recovery will be walking for exercise to increase circulation even if you had surgery. Since most arterial ulcerations are on the feet you will need protection of the scar by shoes and possibly inserts. Your heels may need to be protected while lying in bed. Moisturizing dry skin using specific foot creams is also recommended to help prevent new or recurrent ulcerations.
Dr. Stephen Geller, AZ Podiatrist