Open wounds of the skin and underlying soft tissue are also commonly referred to as ulcers. Ulcers are commonly seen in patients who have diabetes, neuropathy or vascular disease. Open wounds increase the risk of developing infections of the skin, soft tissues and bone. Symptoms may include drainage, odor, or red, inflamed, thickened tissue. Pain may or may not be present.
Ulcers are treated by removing unhealthy tissue and performing local wound care to promote healing. Treatment methods vary depending upon the underlying cause of the ulcer and the location. In severe cases, surgery or other advanced treatments may be necessary.