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Checking Your Body For Wounds

Scratches, bruises, ulcers and sores can start small and may not always be visible. Pay attention to these areas and monitor wounds regularly.

Seek medical attention if any of these injuries do not get better over the span of a few weeks.

Arterial Ulcer

Occurs when the affected area does not receive blood supply. Most often found on the toes, feet, heels or ankles.

Venous Ulcer

Occurs when blood pools up in the veins due to valves not working properly. Most often found above the ankle.

Pressure Ulcer

Commonly found over a bony prominence due to limited mobility, for example, sacrum, hips, buttocks, heels, ankles, shoulder blades, spine, elbows, ears and at the back of the head.

Checking your body for wounds