Anyone that suffers from a disability will know that bed sores are one of the most pain and debilitating problems that can arise from not being able to move around for too long. Also known as ulcers, these sores are caused due to having prolonged pressure on the skin, which can lead to infections and worse. They most often occur on the parts of the body that cover bony areas, such as ankles, elbows, and hips, but they can occur on any part of the skin that remains still for too long.

They can take between hours and days to develop, and while an athlete might not be quite as prone to developing these kinds of sores, it’s still very much a possibility that can arise and it’s important to know how to spot one that’s still developing, as well as what kind of measures need to be taken to ensure that they don’t develop into something worse.

The Common Symptoms

It can be difficult to know when bed sores are about to arise, but there are a few common symptoms that are worth keeping an eye out for, especially if being stationery for long periods of time is unavoidable. It’s best to always first check body areas of the body before others, as these are where the sores or ulcers are more likely to occur.

Strange colouring and swelling in the area is a good indication that the skin is suffering from too much pressure, and if that same area feels either warmer or cooler than the skin around it, it may be possible that a bed sore is starting to develop. A symptom that means that something is seriously wrong is when pus starts to drain from a crack in the skin, which indicates that there is a strong possibility that there is an infection underway, and it should be taken care of as soon as humanly possible to prevent any worsening of the wound.

How To Avoid Them

While it may seem simple to just move around if necessary to prevent a bed sore, this isn’t always possible for those that suffer from certain disabilities, especially when we’re busy looking for A better way of going about this is by setting a timer and having someone nearby who is able to help turn the person over when necessary.

The next best option is finding a way to completely avoid shear as much as possible. Shear is when there is too much pressure on a particular patch of skin, and it’s this can usually lead to further problems as the skin fails to deal with a coming ulcer. Specialised mattresses are also available which are specifically designed to cut down on the amount of pressure that the body is subjected to when the person is sleeping. These mattresses tend to be more expensive than most normal types, but the long-term benefits are worth making the extra financial investment.