Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Wound Treatment in Princeton, NJ
What is a peripheral arterial disease (PAD) wound?
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), sometimes called peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a circulatory disorder in which the arteries narrow and are unable to maintain sufficient blood flow through the limbs of your body. PAD most commonly affects the legs, causing pain when walking, among other symptoms.
Those who suffer from PAD, even if they are undergoing peripheral artery disease treatment, will commonly experience slow-healing wounds, which result from poor circulation to the body’s limbs. Typically, wounds are found in the legs or feet. Ordinarily, the body is able to completely heal a wound within a few weeks. Those suffering from PAD however, may take significantly longer to heal even a minor scrape.
What causes PAD wounds?
Because your body requires an increased blood supply in order to repair damaged tissues, those who suffer from PAD have more difficulty healing even a small wound—especially when it is located in the legs, feet, or ankles, which are more difficult to supply blood to. Often, a patient will not even notice a minor cut or scrape until it has become infected or other complications of PAD arise. This is why it is important for patients suffering from PAD to take preventative care with wounds, even very minor abrasions.
What are the symptoms of a PAD wound?
Any of the below symptoms of a PAD wound may warrant a visit to your doctor or a wound care facility, such as Princeton Wound Care Center, for an examination and treatment options:
- Constant or recurring wounds on the feet, toes, or other extremities
- Gangrene (dead tissues)
- Wounds that take more than a few weeks to heal
- Extremely painful wounds in extremities
What are the risk factors for PAD wounds?
Those who suffer from peripheral vascular disease / peripheral arterial disease are all at risk for developing chronic or slow-healing wounds. The following factors may increase your chance of suffering from PAD or PAD wounds:
- Being overweight / obese
- Consuming a high-fat diet
- Drinking excessive alcohol
- Having high blood pressure
- Having high cholesterol
- Having diabetes
How is a PAD wound treated?
The following advanced PAD wound treatment options are available with our specialists at Princeton Wound Care Center in New Jersey:
If you’re suffering from a PAD wound, it is important to consult with a wound care specialist at Princeton Wound Care Center in New Jersey. Our state-of-the-art facility, complete with hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, is home to experienced physicians who are experts in complex and chronic wound care. Call our office today at 609-945-3611 or fill out the form on this page to contact our office.