People with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) may start out with mild symptoms, or no symptoms. Without treatment, conditions such as varicose veins, tired heavy legs and pain at rest can eventually turn into more severe complications as the disease progresses.
More than 500,000 to 2 million people in the United States suffer from leg ulcers, or non-healing wounds.8 Conditions such as superficial venous insufficiency (SVI) and deep venous disease (DVD) can reduce blood flow to the extremities and can make it difficult for the body to heal itself. These sores usually develop on the leg above the ankle.2
Arterial disease such as critical limb ischemia (CLI) can also cause wounds to heal slowly. This advanced form of arterial disease can result in ulcers below the ankle as well as kissing ulcers, or non-healing wounds between toes.
Non-healing wounds are almost always accompanied by redness, swelling and pain. Left untreated, these sores are at risk of developing an infection, which can lead to serious, long-term health complications, including amputation of the limb.3
Symptoms can range depending on the progression of the underlying PVD disease and how far it has progressed.4,5,6 If you are experiencing any of these symptoms consistently, it is important to take the step and seek help from your doctor right away.