Dealing with an open wound can be frustrating enough, but when further issues arise and the wound doesn’t seem to be healing properly, you may not be sure how to treat it. When an open wound doesn’t heal, it can be prone to infection and lead to more severe issues in the future. A wound could be caused by an ulcer and may not heal due to poor circulation and should be treated as soon as possible.
Dealing with Leg Wounds
There are many types of wounds that you may deal with. It could be from trauma or you might deal with an ulcer that can cause pain. Ulcers may also be painless, which is what could lead to an infection. You might notice that your legs feel heavy, your varicose veins are large, there’s swelling, and a change of color.
There are several types of wounds that you might deal with, including:
- Venous Ulcers- These are the most common type of leg wounds and usually tend to affect people that have varicose veins or deep vein clots. They often occur around the inner part of the leg above the ankle. The wound may appear irregularly shaped, red, and covered with yellow tissue.
- Arterial Ulcers- This type of wound affects people with poor circulation, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smokers. They usually occur around the outside of the leg and on the heels or toes. These can vary in color and don’t normally bleed.
- Neurotrophic ulcers- This occurs in diabetics, people with nerve problems in the feet, or those who have experienced trauma in the legs. They can occur around the heels and might bleed. The skin around this wound is often calloused.
There are different ways to treat each wound and it will depend on the wound and severity of the issue.
Contact Your Doctor Today
Don’t let wounds go untreated, especially if they aren’t healing quickly. Contact your doctor at Pennsylvania Vascular Institute in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and East Stroudsburg, PA, for more information today at (800)296-9294.