Pressure ulcers are sores that occur when pressure cuts off the blood supply to the skin. Stress caused by the body’s weight and the impact of striking the ground place the ball of the foot, the big toe, and the heel at greatest risk.
Left untreated, an ulcer may allow infection to enter your body. If infection reaches the bloodstream or bone, your life or limb may be at risk. But with your doctor’s help, your health can be protected.
Pressure ulcers can be controlled and even prevented.
Pressure ulcers most commonly occur in patients with diabetes or poor circulation.
Note: Hot spots may progress to ulcers very quickly. Don’t ignore them.