Common Types of Chronic Wounds
There are many common types of chronic wounds. These common wounds have different characteristics. Some types of chronic wounds are very painful while others are not painful at all. Some types of chronic wounds may appear round and others are irregular in shape. These common wounds may include the following:
Venous Stasis Ulcers – There are many valves inside our veins that, with the help of our leg muscles, return blood back to our hearts. If these valves don’t work as they should blood pools in the veins. This pooling causes swelling and an ulcer develops. A venous stasis ulcer drains heavily, is irregular in shape and is often painful. Venous stasis ulcers occur in the lower leg between the ankle and the knee. Click here for A Guide to Venous Stasis Ulcer Care.
Arterial Ulcers – An arterial ulcer is a round-shaped wound caused by impaired circulation and is often seen on the legs or feet. It will likely have even margins or edges. You may experience leg pain after exercising or at night when your legs are elevated. Click here for A Guide to Arterial Ulcer Care.
Diabetic Ulcers – A diabetic ulcer is a wound that occurs on the foot, heel or toes of diabetics. Often there is little or no feeling in the feet or in the ulcer itself. Pulse is present and skin is normal or warm to the touch. Skin on the legs and feet may be dry and flaky. Click here for A Guide to Diabetic Ulcer Care.
Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores) – A pressure ulcer is caused by prolonged sitting or lying in one position long enough to damage the skin. The ulcer may be very painful and may drain a little or a large amount. They commonly develop on the tailbone, heels, elbows, shoulder blades, knees, ankles, and the back of the head or the spine. Click here for A Guide to Pressure Ulcer Care.
Traumatic Ulcers – Trauma or injury to the body may cause a loss of tissue layers and may result in damage to or loss of body parts or organs. Trauma may also compromise the arterial, venous, or lymphatic systems of the body causing these common wounds.
Post-Surgical Wounds – Wound infections are a common complication of surgery. Watch for any signs of these common wounds including redness around a surgical wound in the days following surgery. You may also notice redness or streaking in surrounding tissues, throbbing or intense pain, pus or collection of fluids around the surgical site, a strong, unpleasant odor, and a mild to moderate fever.
Often these common wounds are easy to identify if you know what to look for, but they can be very difficult to heal. All of these types of chronic wounds can be treated at the DeKalb Medical Comprehensive Wound Care Center. Talk to your physician about which of these chronic wounds you may have or call the Wound Care Center directly at 404.501.7455.