Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds

Non-healing wound? 

A wound that does not heal or improve in 30 days is usually considered a chronic, or non-healing, wound.

What is a chronic wound?

In most situations, your body fights hard to heal and repair any injured skin tissue. 
Chronic wounds get stuck in that healing process and just refuse to heal. Sometimes this delay is caused by other medical conditions like arterial disease or diabetes. The longer a wound delays in healing, the harder it is to heal.

Types of chronic wounds

25% of people living with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer? This means that proper foot care is essential for people with diabetes. Be sure to check your feet for sores or injuries, wash your feet every day, trim toenails, wear proper fitting shoes, always wear socks or stockings, and stay active to help circulation to your feet. 

For people living with diabetes, a poor defense against infection and damage to blood circulation can complicate problems with their feet causing them to become vulnerable to injury. About 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations were performed on adults with diabetes. Make sure to take care of your feet!

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis

Chronic wounds can result in complications that can impact your quality of life. Proper care promotes healing and minimizes the risk of complications. 

If you or someone you know is burdened by a chronic wound, there is no reason to suffer. Our team is available and ready to talk about your treatment options. Healing begins here.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 828.586.7910


You have a chronic wound, now what?

Why did this happen?

Most chronic wounds happen because of conditions like diabetes, venous insufficiency and arterial disease that may 
be beyond your control and can cause difficulty in healing. Your blood flow might not be healthy, keeping oxygen  
and nutrients from reaching your wound. All of this can cause a delay in the healing of your wound.

What can I do to help my wound heal?

The most important thing you can do is to follow your treatment plan and come to all of your appointments. 
Your treatment plan might include lifestyle changes, including nutrition and sleep to help your body heal. Harris Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center accepts patients that do not have a physician referral.

Can I shower/get my dressings wet?

While you can shower when you have a wound, you will need to make sure to cover your dressings to keep them dry. Talk to your nurse about the best way to bathe and cover your dressings.

How often do I need to change my dressing?

Each wound dressing is different. Some can stay on for a few days, while others need to be changed once a week. 
Our clinical staff will make sure you know which dressing you have and the proper way and times to change it.

Where will I get my supplies?

Our clinical staff will call your insurance to find the best medical supply company. Supplies are usually delivered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on the company.

How long will it take for my wound to heal?

Once treatment begins, most non-healing wounds take six to eight weeks to heal. 
Remember that each wound is unique so, depending on your wound type and location, your wound may take a little bit longer to heal.