International Nurses Day, established by the International Council of Nurses in 1965, takes place every May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing.

Nightingale (1820-1910), although very religious, founded the first secular nursing school in 1860, in London. She became renown for her nursing skills during the Crimean War in the 1850s, when she was dubbed with the nickname "Lady of the Lamp" and "ministering angel" after the way she went from patient to patient at night, always carrying a lamp and glowing like an angel to the injured soldiers.

Those of you who perform as caregivers everyday — whether for family or friends, in homes or in hospital settings — understand the important role that you play in your loved one's quality of life. Caregivers are a light in the dark, especially for those who are experiencing intense pain.

And as a caregiver, you are always looking for ways to relieve the symptoms and pain experienced by the people you care for.

The trouble of pressure sores

One area where this is vitally important is pressure sores.

Pressure sores are often experienced by those who must spend long periods of time in bed. It can begin as light skin irritation but can soon develop into a serious wound if left unattended.

Some parts of the body are more prone to pressure sores than others, specifically pointy, bony prominences such as the ankle and heal, or highly sensitive areas like the tailbone or hip.

Our Ventopedic Ankle & Heel Offloading Boot is perfect for relieving the pressure from those bony areas of the foot on the ankle and heel. Known as the medial and lateral malleolus, the sides of the ankle can be a source of intense pain, especially when the patient is lying on his or her side.

What's particularly problematic is the way in which being in a bad position might go unnoticed as one sleeps, but the pain can be excruciating when the person wakes up in the morning or after a nap.

The Ventopedic Ankle & Heel Offloading Boot might be just what you are looking for to help your loved one gain much needed relief.

Happy International Nurses Day!

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