Wounds and Ulcers of the Lower Extremities Treated at Mercy

The doctors at The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offer patients experiencing circulatory system disorders a comprehensive approach to care. Our vascular surgeons provide experienced diagnosis and treatment for conditions including ulcers of the lower extremities. 

About the Condition

Ulcers are wounds or open sores that take time to heal and can return. They are caused by poor blood circulation and form when veins fail to return blood back to the heart. The blood backs up and gathers in the vein and can leak out into the surrounding tissue, resulting in a wound or ulcer. Types of leg and foot ulcers are usually defined by their appearance, their location and the appearance of surrounding skin.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Ulcers can be painful, but not always. Patients may notice swelling, burning, itching, a rash, redness or brown discoloration and dry skin. Lower extremity ulcers are generally classified into three types:

  • Venous ulcers - located below the knee in the inner part of the leg and above the ankle.  These are common in patients with varicose veins, a history of blood clots or leg swelling and are the most common type of lower extremity ulcers
  • Neurotrophic ulcers - located at pressure points on the bottom of the feet and are common for people with diabetes
  • Arterial ulcers - located on the heels, tips of toes, between the toes, in the nail bed or anywhere the bone may stick out and rub against something
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Treatment Options

Lower extremity ulcer treatment will depend on the patient’s health, medical condition and ability to administer home care on the wound. Each plan is customized and may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-clotting medicines
  • Topical wound dressing
  • Compression stockings or bandaging
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Patient Stories
Vascular Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD


Anna knew something was wrong with her legs when they became swollen, red and uncomfortable. She sought out vascular surgeon, Dr. Kurtis Kim for help.

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The Vascular Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD
Kurtis Kim, M.D.

Dr. Kurtis Kim is Director of The Vascular Laboratory at The Vascular Center at Mercy and a highly skilled vascular surgeon in the Baltimore area. 

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Patient Story:
Cheryl - Mercy Patient

Cheryl wears compression socks while working to help with venous insufficiency, a buildup of pressure in her legs.

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