Non Healing Wounds

People taking blood thinners, steroids, or those with peripheral vascular disease, circulation problems, impaired gait or just plain clumsy, may sustain an injury to the lower extremity that may never heal due to repeated trauma in the same area.  Other factors that may contribute to non healing of a wound include infection, lack of circulation to the wound from a blood clot or other circulation problems, dead tissue in the wound bed, and skin cancers. The wound that does not heal is in a state of chronic inflammation that contributes to the inability to heal. Protecting the lower leg may help to reduce the trauma to this sensitive and delicate area.