Ulcers


 

Venous Ulcers

Venous ulcers may also be referred to as varicose ulcers, and they develop when the valves inside the veins of the lower extremities do not work sufficiently, resulting in backflow This process leads to blood pooling in the veins, followed by swelling and the development of an ulcer. Venous ulcers can be caused by any condition that leads to blood pooling in the veins of the leg. 

Arterial Ulcers

Arterial, or ischemic, ulcers are caused by poor perfusion of nutrient-rich blood to the lower extremities that leads to tissue damage as the tissue becomes oxygen deprived. These ulcers are often located between or on the tips of the toes or outer ankle and may cause you to feel pain.

Diabetic (Neuropathic) Foot Ulcers

Diabetic (Neuropathic) foot ulcers are the result of the loss of sensation, or paresthesias, in patients with diabetes. This loss of sensation causes the tissue to breakdown, and the eventual form a ulcer.

Pressure Injuries/Ulcers

Pressure injuries are localized areas in which there is tissue damage resulting from prolonged pressure, shear, or friction. These injuries are often found on the coccyx and sacrum, heels, elbows, shoulder blades, knees, ankles, the back of the head, or on the spine.

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