Who is at Risk for Chronic Wounds?
Chronic Wounds of the lower extremities afflict a significant portion of the population. Most commonly, these wounds are associated with venous disease, arterial insufficiency, or insensate neuropathy.6,7 The prevalence of lower-extremity wounds is between 0.18% and 1.3% in the adult population.7,10 Venous leg ulcers account for 40% to 70% of chronic lower-extremity wounds, with disproportionate percentage of individuals with venous leg ulcers being elderly or women.6,11,12
Other conditions which may or may not lead to chronic wounds include but are not limited to those who suffer from:
- High cholesterol
- Severe burns
- Heart disease
- Varicose veins
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Elderly, immobile, or obese people
- Uhealthy lifestyle such as smoking, poor hygiene, poor diet, lack of exercise, prolonged periods of bed rest, history of ulcers, multiple surgeries
- Weakened immune system due to AIDS, corticosteroids, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy.