Under Pressure

This is not a blog about Queen or how Vanilla Ice ripped off the tune for his 1 hit wonder, Ice Ice Baby. Freddie Mercury is hands down the better singer. Heres to you Freddie.

Instead, this is a blog about Pressure Sores. They are exactly what it sounds like: Sores caused by pressure or friction. Typically occur in people who, for whatever reason, are immobilized. Pressure ulcers most commonly occur on:

  • Buttocks
  • Elbow
  • Hips
  • Ankles
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Back of head

It does not take long for pressure ulcers to form, especially if that portion of increased pressure is not being repositioned. The standard time frame of repositioning is every 15-20 minutes if in a wheelchair or 2 hours if bed bound.

The sores themselves begin as areas of redness and if pressure is not alleviated, can develop into open ulcers that may become infected.

The best offense is defense or treatment is prevention: Pad areas of increased pressure AND alternate position as recommended. If deep bruises or ulcerations do form there are ways to manage and treat:

  • KEY: Offload the area of concern
  • Padding felt, foam, heel protectors, special beds/cushions
  • Reposition body
  • Remove damaged tissue
  • Let body do the work
  • Mechanical (surgery, special wound care devices)
  • Enzymatic (special ointments that eat away dead tissue)

The main point that you need to remember is that pressure is your enemy. If you find yourself in a situation where you or someone you know has a high risk of developing a pressure sore, please remember the KEY point of relieving pressure. If you have any questions, concerns, or need help in treating pressure sores, please dont hesitate to contact Dr. Bowman at 713-467-8886 or visit Houston Foot Specialists website.

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Category: General

Tags: Heel Problems, Pressure Sores, Pressure Ulcers, Skin Problems, Ulcers