Patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) often have non-healing wounds in their extremities. Blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients are necessary for wounds to heal. Patients with PVD have decreased blood flow to their arms or legs, which promotes poor healing. By treating the underlying vascular problem, wounds can be treated effectively and heal much faster.
There are a multitude of risk factors that can contribute to the development of non-healing wounds:
- Advanced peripheral artery disease
- Kidney failure
- Venous insufficiency
- Inflammatory diseases, such as vasculitis, lupus, or scleroderma
- Inactivity, resulting in pressure from lying in one position for too long