Approximately 40% of people over 65 suffer with a chronic condition such as diabetes, malnutrition, stroke, dementia, falls and sensory deficits. Chronic conditions will increase the risk of skin damage such as wounds, skin tears and ulcers. Wounds often cause bleeding, pain, infection and trouble healing. They are costly and can be debilitating. The best way to manage a wound is to prevent it in the first place. Wearing some type of protection may help minimize traumatic injury to the lower extremities. It won't hurt to try!