Dr. Kurtis Kim Discusses Arterial Skin Ulcers And Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Mercy vascular surgeon Dr. Kurtis Kim
If you have a sore on your toe or foot that just will not heal, it could be an arterial ulcer.
Arterial ulcers, also known as ischemic ulcers, are the result of peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD happens when blood vessels are narrowed in spots.
According to Dr. Kurtis Kim of The Vascular Center at Mercy, PAD causes circulation problems and makes it hard for your body to heal.
"Normally, you would bump your toe and you develop an ulcer and it would heal in a week or two weeks, but with an underlying lack of circulation, you have that wound that just does not heal. It's a combination of the wound with an underlying lack of circulation that happens," Dr. Kim said.
If left untreated, PAD can cause gangrene, but it is highly treatable if caught early. Options include lifestyle changes for minor disease and stent surgery for more serious cases.
Learn more about peripheral artery disease (PAD) and skin ulcers, view Dr. Kurtis Kim’s interview with WBAL-TV11.
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