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Arterial vs. Venous Ulcers: How to Tell the Difference

Ulcers, which are open sores on the skin, are a common medical condition for people in the United States. Their prevalence is increasing to affect almost 3% of the world’s population. You may have heard of peptic ulcers, but could you tell the difference between arterial ulcers vs. venous ulcers? 

What are arterial ulcers vs. venous ulcers? 

  • Arterial ulcers — These are a type of ulcer that has formed as a result of insufficient blood flow to the body’s tissue and has caused harm to the arteries. They usually appear on the lower extremities, like the legs, ankles and feet. They can take a long period of time to heal. Arterial ulcers can usually be traced back to blockages in the arteries. 
  • Venous ulcersVenous ulcers are a type of ulcer that has formed as a result of insufficient blood flow back into the heart. They also appear on the lower extremities, and most often the legs. The healing process can be extensive. These are the most prevalent type of ulcers in the legs. 

What kind of treatment do you need for arterial ulcers vs. venous ulcers? 

Whether you have arterial ulcers or venous ulcers, the necessary treatments stem from the same branch of specialty. A vein and vascular expert can create a unique treatment plan for your ulcers to manage your symptoms and speed up your recovery time as much as possible. 

Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your arterial or venous ulcer treatments 

You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.  

Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:  

  • Reduce your symptoms. 
  • Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.  
  • Increase your overall quality of life.  

Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment.