Wound on sole of footThere are several reasons an open wound or sore on your foot isn’t healing.

By far the most common underlying problem preventing a foot wound from healing is poor circulation. When blood flow to your feet is reduced, your tissues don’t get as much oxygen. Cell metabolism slows down, which reduces your body’s ability to close the wound and fight off infection.

Foot wounds are commonly associated with diabetes, since slow circulation is a very common diabetic complication. However, other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, age, and even certain medications.

If a wound won’t heal, it’s important to get professional treatment immediately. Otherwise, you risk contracting an infection that could spread and ultimately require an amputation. To schedule your appointment with Martin Foot & Ankle, please call (717) 757-3537 today.