Leg ulcers are wounds on your leg or ankle that do not heal. A common type of leg ulcer is called a venous leg ulcer.
Venus ulcers are most often the result of poor blood circulation in the lower limbs. Damage to the blood vessels in the area results in a weakening of the veins that may leak fluid. Pressure in the weak vein results in swelling, itching and eventually an ulcer occurs.
Patients with weight problems, a previous history of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, diabetes, mobility problems, varicose veins or peripheral arterial disease may be a risk of developing venous leg ulcers.
Treatment for venous leg ulcers includes controlling the pressure in your veins and direct treatment of the break in the skin. Often pressure bandages or stockings are prescribed. Regular cleaning and dressing of any wound is critical to the healing process.
If your venous leg ulcer does not respond to conservative treatment your consultant may recommend a skin graft . Your varicose veins will also need to be treated to prevent the ulcers from occurring again.