WHAT IS A WOUND?
When you have a serious health problem such as diabetes, heart disease or a circulatory disorder, you can become more susceptible to developing a chronic wound.
Most chronic wounds are not injury based. In fact, the more common chronic wounds are complex surgical wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and trauma wounds.
There are a few different types of ulcers:
- Diabetic ulcers usually occur on the foot or the leg as a result of poor arterial circulation, nerve damage and pressure
- Venous stasis ulcers are a result of poor venous circulation
- Pressure ulcers are caused by unrelieved pressure over more bony areas
- Arterial ulcers are caused by poor circulation, or hardening of the arteries
In most cases, if you have a simple wound, it can be treated at home and heal properly on its own. However, some wounds are more serious.
If you have a wound that has not shown signs of healing after four weeks, ask your physician if you should be seen by a wound care specialist, or call Wound Care at 307.672.1161 and ask to speak to a wound care specialist.
Learn more about acute and chronic wounds