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), called critical limb ischemia (CLI). PAD causes arteries 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 amputation
  • Limited blood flow from PAD can make it hard for your body to heal sores on your legs and feet
  • If you have diabetes, nonhealing sores on your feet are a common risk factor for amputation22
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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.

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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.

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