This may include sores, ulcers, skin lesions, and other wounds that seem slow to heal. They are particularly common on the leg, foot, or toe. A wound may be considered non-healing if it doesn’t seem to heal within five weeks. Non-healing wounds are particularly common for people with poor circulation, most commonly occurring in their lower extremities.
There are many reasons why wounds don’t heal, but the primary reason is due to poor circulation—the lack of blood circulating or not reaching the afflicted areas. The good news is that healing wounds with improved healing rates are possible, and so are your chances of avoiding amputation if your condition is addressed and treated in a timely manner.
Non-healing wounds can be a symptom of diabetes and a warning sign for vascular problems. Left untreated, these can cause serious medical problems, leading to amputation. Diabetes results in an amputation every 20 seconds- and the loss of life every seven seconds.
San Antonio has one of the highest diabetes-related amputation rates in Texas and the nation. Those with diabetes are at greater risk for peripheral artery disease, circulation problems, and chronic non-healing wounds in their feet. If these are left untreated, the chances of amputation increase.
Here are some causes and risk factors of poor circulation that prevent the healing process in wounds:
Looking closer at your feet can help you learn about other potential health issues that you might not otherwise have noticed. From minor foot pain or leg pain to more serious symptoms, such as numbness, your feet can show symptoms of disease before other parts of your body.