Healogics Blog

Pressure Ulcers

What is a pressure ulcer and how is it caused?

A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin and the tissue below. It forms when the skin is pressed against a bone. It's caused by pressure, rubbing or friction. Pressure ulcers happen when a person sits or lies down for a long time without moving. They can cause pain and scarring. They might drain a little or a lot and can get in the way of daily living. A pressure ulcer can also cause a person to stay in the hospital.

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Topics: Types of Wounds

Peripheral Artery Disease and Related Ulcers


What is peripheral artery disease (PAD)?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels in the legs. Blood flow to your feet and legs is decreased. This decreased blood flow affects the health of your skin on your feet and legs. It can also be the reason a foot ulcer does not heal. People with PAD have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. An estimated 8 million people in the USA have PAD.

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Topics: Vascular Disease, Types of Wounds, Wound Care, Peripheral Arterial Disease

Malignant and Atypical Wounds


What is a malignant wound?

Many cancers can cause a skin ulcer. These ulcers are called cancerous ulcers. Some chronic wounds can turn into cancerous ulcers. These include burns, radiation and venous wounds.

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Topics: Types of Wounds, Cancer

Diabetes and Foot Ulcers


Diabetes is a disease where the body does not make enough insulin. The body needs insulin to break down sugar. Too much sugar will stay in your blood stream and can harm your body.

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Topics: Diabetes, Types of Wounds, Wound Care