On what parts of my body are bed sores most likely to occur?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Bed sores, or pressure ulcers, can occur on any part of the body where pressure and friction build up on the skin -- a result of staying in one position for too long. Bed sores are especially likely to occur in areas where the skin is stretched over a bone, such as the ankle, back, elbows, heels, and hips. The earliest sign of a bed sore is red skin that does not blanch when you touch it. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid bed sores by changing position and about how you can work together to ensure that any bed sore that develops doesn't worsen.

If you're immobilized and susceptible to getting bed sores, certain parts of your body are more likely to develop them than others. These are areas where pressure can become concentrated. If you're chair-bound, these areas include your spine, shoulder blades, tailbone, buttocks, and the backs of your legs. If you're bed-bound, these areas include your shoulder blades, hips, lower back, elbows, heels, and spine.

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