Leg Ulcers

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.


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