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Types of Wounds
The Center for Wound Healing at Clovis Community Medical Center treats many types of chronic, non-healing wounds.
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Diabetic foot ulcers are usually located on the bottom of the foot. Diabetes often damages the nerves of the feet so you lose sensation and may not feel a blister or sore when it develops. If left untreated, the sore may become larger and infected which may lead to an amputation.
Pressure ulcers usually occur in people who are bedridden or severely restricted in movement. Pressure ulcers are caused by pressure, which causes a loss of blood circulation to the tissue resulting in tissue death or ulceration. Pressure ulcers typically develop over boney parts of the body such as the heels, shoulder blades, sacrum and ischium (lower and posterior portion of the hip bones of the pelvis.)
Venous ulcers are located on the lower leg usually on the inner part, just above the ankle. These ulcers are common in people who've had severe leg swelling, varicose veins, or blood clots in the veins of the legs.
Arterial ulcers are usually located on the feet and are difficult to heal due to poor circulation. The ulcer may develop from shoes that don’t fit well, trauma or spontaneously develop if circulation is very poor. Arterial ulcers are typically very painful, especially at night. Dangling the feet over the side of the bed may temporarily relieve this pain.
Wounds Due to Autoimmune Disorders
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have proven to slow the healing of wounds significantly. It’s not uncommon for a person to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease after developing a wound that won’t heal.
Surgical site infections can be a complication of surgery and may cause the incision to open up or be slow to heal. Sometimes mechanical stress or tension to the incision will also cause the incision to open up.
Tissue radionecrosis is the death (necrosis) of tissues as a result of radiation. Radiation necrosis can affect both the soft tissue of the body and bones inside the body.
Crush injuries occur when an object causes severe compression of a body part. This causes muscle swelling and/or neurological disturbances.