- Poor Circulation
Leads to improper deliveries of oxygen and essential nutrients to the wound site and removal of toxins and bacteria, which can hinder the body’s ability to heal wounds. Poor circulation can be caused by other conditions that affect proper blood flow (e.g., High blood pressure, diabetes).
As we get older, our skin becomes more fragile, and our bodies do not produce as many antibodies. This can lead to more frequent or stronger infections. We also become more susceptible to common conditions that lead to poor circulation like Diabetes and Heart disease
Repeated trauma to the wound (rubbing, bumping, added pressure) can affect the speed in which the wound heals.
Infections (Fungal, Bacterial, Viral) around/in the wound site can delay the healing process. Infections that originated near bone have the potential to rise to the surface and form lesions.
Certain medications, in particularly chemotherapy and radiation therapy drugs can increase the risk of infections and non-healing wounds
Having steadily high blood glucose levels weakens the functionality of white blood cells, worsening the body’s ability to heal wounds or fight infections.
Non-healing (or Chronic) wounds are certain wounds that fail to heal within a certain time period, typically 4 weeks or longer. Ulcers are the most common type of non-healing wound, but there are several types of wounds that have the potential to be non-healing depending on a number of factors. If left untreated, non-healing wounds can lead to infection and/or illnesses and in extreme cases the loss of limbs.