In addition to the intrinsic natural aging process, there are outside influences that influence and slow skin healing that include smoking, pollution, sunlight, medications and illnesses.
Chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease may come with aging. Associated medication use, circulatory problems, balance impairment and normal aging skin changes are risk factors that may lead to lower extremity wounds. Aging affects all components of the healing process creating a longer healing process and often leading to painful draining chronic wounds. Chronic wounds start a cycle of loss of independence, increased cost, and debility.