A non healing or chronic wound is defined as a wound that does not improve after four weeks or does not heal in eight weeks. These include:
If you have diabetes, any sore or tender spot on the foot warrants immediate attention from a physician, regardless of how long the wound has been present. The Relief Institute physicians have expertise in treating diabetes-related foot wounds.
Infection is the greatest risk of non healing wounds. Each of us is exposed every day to common bacteria such as staphylococcus and pseudomonas. These bacteria are present on our skin and in the environment around us. They don’t present a problem when we are healthy and wound free. But an open wound increases the risk for infection, which can lead to serious conditions, even the loss of a limb.
A qualified physician who deals with non healing wounds is your best resource for questions about potential infection from a wound that is not healing properly. Symptoms that may indicate an infection include: