Common Types of Chronic Wounds
Diabetic or Neuropathic Foot Ulcers
Some of the most common types of non-healing wounds are diabetic or neuropathic foot ulcers. When you lose feeling in your feet, you can easily injure them. It is very common for people who have lost feeling in their feet and legs to injure them and not know it.
Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores)
Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, develop when skin is squeezed between a bone and an external surface, such as a bed or wheelchair. They are most likely to develop at the tailbone, heels, elbows, shoulder blades, knees, ankles, and the back of the head or the spine. Pressure ulcers are common in people who have difficulty walking and for those who are bedridden or wheelchair-bound.
Venous Stasis Ulcers
Venous stasis ulcers occur in the lower leg between the ankle and the knee, due to poor circulation. They are caused by pooling of blood in the legs because of damaged valves in the veins. The legs may swell, feel hardened, or become discolored.
Vascular ulcers occur because blood supply to the feet is decreased. These wounds are usually very painful, and require immediate treatment to determine if it is possible to save the limb.
When one of these types of non-healing wounds appears, notify your doctor or call our Wound Treatment Centers to talk to a specialist. If you see signs of infection, temperature, odor, increased drainage, increased pain, coolness or heat at the site of the wound, get medical attention immediately.