Lower limb ischaemia


A condition that is often caused by problems with the blood vessels, resulting in damage to tissue

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What is lower limb ischaemia?

Lower limb ischaemia is a restriction of the blood supply to your tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism.

This is the process that keeps tissue alive. It usually occurs in the foot or leg and can be very serious if not treated early.

Need to know

Symptoms may include:
  • The affected limb appearing pink or red
  • Muscle pain on walking
  • In severe chases, paralysis (loss of muscle function)
Your consultant will speak to you about symptoms, take your medical history and undertake a physical examination of the affected limb.

They may also request the following tests:
  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasound scan, to check your arterial flow
Treatment options include:
  • Injection of an anticoagulant to stop the blood from clotting
  • Amputation. This is only considered in a small number of chronic cases.

Our Lower limb ischaemia locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London
Walk-In GP Centre at London Bridge Hospital

Walk-In GP Centre at London Bridge Hospital

29 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.