A leg ulcer is a wound, open sore or break in the skin usually located on the lower part of your leg: commonly in and around the ankle bone but could potentially develop anywhere on the leg.
If you have a wound on your leg that is taking more than 2 weeks to heal – you will need further investigation, diagnosis and treatment to avoid a delay in healing.
What causes leg ulcers:
- Venous disease (caused by the veins not working) approx. 80% of leg ulcers
- Arterial disease (caused by the arteries not working) approx. 15%
- Other causes (about 5 %)
It is possible to have mixed venous and arterial disease of the blood vessels in the leg – therefore a proper investigation is needed.