Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Wound that Won't Heal

If you, or a loved one, have a leg or foot wound that won’t heal after a month or longer, it’s time to see a doctor. These wounds could be a sign of something more serious like diabetes or vein problems, and the longer you wait, the worse it may get. For example, you could be setting yourself up for a more serious infection that’s harder to treat. 

Our experienced vein specialists at Hamilton Vascular, with five locations in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, and San Antonio, Texas, treat vein problems that cause leg sores, or ulcers. In many cases, these wounds are caused by diabetic vascular disease or chronic venous insufficiency. Both conditions can be treated with minimally invasive procedures. So, if your leg wound was treated elsewhere but it’s not healing, it’s time to visit us. 

How come my wound won’t heal?

Veins bring your blood back to your heart, and the valves in your veins keep the blood from flowing the wrong way. If you have chronic venous insufficiency, blood may flow backward into your veins, pooling and causing pressure in your legs. If it’s not treated, skin cells begin to die and form a venous leg ulcer, or wound, which could get infected. Wearing compression stockings can improve the circulation in your legs, but you may need vein treatment such as:

Diabetics have a high risk of wounds that won’t heal. That’s because uncontrolled blood sugar can damage blood vessels and lead to poor circulation. They may also have a loss of feeling in their feet (peripheral neuropathy) that makes it hard to know if they’ve been cut or have a wound. If you’re a diabetic, it’s important to eat healthy, lose weight, and keep your blood sugar under control.

How dangerous is a leg or foot wound?

If you have circulatory issues, your leg or foot wound may not be receiving the blood and nutrients it needs to heal. The longer you have a wound, the more risk you face of it getting infected. It could smell bad and have pus coming out of it, or you may have numbness or swelling near it. In severe cases, you may need an amputation. Or, you could develop a life-threatening blood infection called sepsis.

If you have a wound that won’t heal, or that hasn’t responded to other medical treatment, it’s time to visit our vein specialists at Hamilton Vascular. After a thorough examination and with diagnostic tests like an ultrasound, your doctor will determine if vein treatment can help you. Don’t wait! Make an appointment by calling any of our locations at 281-201-6988 today.

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