A pressure ulcer are sores that start out as reddened skin but gets progressively worse, forming a blister, then an open sore, and finally a crater. The constant pressure against the skin, from remaining bedridden or staying in one place for a long period of time, reduces the blood supply to that area, and the affected tissue dies.
There are numerous factors that can increase the likelihood of having pressure ulcers.
- Being bedridden or in a wheelchair
- Fragile skin
- Having a chronic condition, such as diabetes
- Inability to move parts of your body without assistance
- Older age
A podiatrist can care for pressure ulcers and treat them by cleaning, prescribing orthoses and antibiotics, and even surgery. You may be able to prevent pressure ulcers if you check your feet daily and improve your overall health.