Decubitus ulcers, which develop when the foot is exposed to unrelieved pressure, are common on the diabetic foot and especially on the heel. Patients who have been ill or immobilized are particularly vulnerable. Decubitus ulcers can develop in a short time. Contributing causes include:
• Foreign bodies in the bed (biscuit crumbs, etc.)
• Patients attempting to move in the bed by putting excessive pressure on the heels
• Sliding down the bed so that feet are in contact with bed end.
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