Pressure Sores (Decubitus Ulcers)
Pressure ulcers or sores occur sometimes in those with diabetes, but can often happen without the presence of diabetes. The most common locations are on the backs of the heels and on the lower back above the buttocks. Pressure sores occur when there is constant pressure on the skin from lying in one spot and not turning.
Generally, patients who develop pressure sores are not mobile and may be confined to a bed or wheelchair. The wound care clinic doctors and nurses will help develop a treatment plan for this particular type of non-healing wound, and will include relieving the pressure from the area with the sore. For patients with diabetes and pressure sores on their heels, this can lead to infection, gangrene and amputation. Therefore, seeking treatment at an Amputation Prevention Center can the key to healing.