Skin lesion is a general term referring to any abnormality of the skin that appears and feels different from the surrounding skin, such as blisters, rashes, or ulcers. They are usually considered to be a relatively minor medical condition and are one of the most common conditions seen in hospitals around the world. Sometimes, however, lesions can also be excruciatingly painful and incapacitating. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes certain skin lesions as having the potential to be debilitating enough to warrant disability benefits—especially when the lesions develop on certain areas of the body.
Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Where a Lesion Develops
The SSA recognizes that there are certain areas of the body where skin lesions can cause excessive pain as well as restricting the sufferer from functioning normally. Considering the fact that when lesions fester in these areas moving can be extremely agonizing, the SSA concedes that those who suffer may not be able to support themselves or pay for treatment. This is why the SSA uses lesion location as one of the determining factors when deciding the severity of a skin condition. Lesion locations considered severe by the SSA include:
- Palms of the hands when they limit your ability to use your fingers or contract your hand
- Soles of the feet, limiting the ability to walk and stand
- Backs of the knees, limiting the ability to bend legs
- Inside thighs when walking and friction can cause painful rubbing and abrasions
- Groin, limiting walking ability
- Perineum, limiting ability to walk, squat, or otherwise move without pain
- Combination of locations that seriously interfere with the motion of your joints
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