What do I need to know about foot sores?
If you have cuts, scratches or sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal, it could be a sign of the most serious form of Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood. (Peripheral Artery Disease, a potentially life threatening disease where plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.), called Also potentially known as CLI, the most severe and deadly form of peripheral artery disease. (CLI). PAD causes Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood to your heart and other parts of your body. in the legs to become narrow and hardened, limiting blood flow to the legs and feet.
Find a doctor – If you’re looking for a second opinion, we recommend that you talk to a PAD specialist. Click the button to find a PAD specialist near you.
What you should know:
- Left untreated, PAD can lead to To surgically remove all or part of a limb (leg, foot or toe)
- Limited blood flow from PAD can make it hard for your body to heal sores on your legs and feet
- If you have (Diabetes mellitus) is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both., nonhealing sores on your feet are a common risk factor for amputation22
Even minor sores that won’t go away could point to a major problem. It could be a sign of a serious condition, so don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now. Take control of your health. Find a PAD specialist today.
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Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.
Take the Symptom Quiz
Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.