By Angela Quinn
Did you know that something as small as a hangnail on your toenail can become a wound that can takes months to heal? Did you know that if you have poor circulation in your legs you could develop ulcers that have difficulty healing even though there has been no injury?
Chronic wounds affect 4 million Americans per year and approximately 10 to 15 percent of diabetics develop chronic wounds. Risk factors associated with developing these wounds are liver illness, kidney problems, cardiac problems including difficulties with circulation, diabetes and cancer. There are different types of wounds including diabetic, arterial and venous.
Diabetic wounds are usually found on the bottom of the foot. They can be associated with neuropathy or decreased sensation of the feet.
To prevent and treat these wounds, it is important to: