Also called pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers — bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure from an outside contact.
Bedsores develop most often on skin that covers the body’s bony areas such as the tailbone, heels, ankles and hips.
Those most at risk generally have medical conditions that make changing their body positions difficult or that spend extended periods of time in a chair or bed.
Bedsores can develop over hours or days. Most sores heal with treatment, but some never heal completely.