What are venous leg ulcers?
A venous leg ulcer is a long-lasting wound which takes longer than four to six weeks to heal. They generally occur near the ankle on the inside of the leg. The indications of a venous leg ulcer include discomfort, itching, inflammation, or edema in the leg. There could also be discolored or thickened skin surrounding the ulcer that may be accompanied with a foul-smelling discharge.
What causes venous leg ulcers?
These ulcers are common, making up 70-90% of all venous ulcer cases. Venous leg ulcers can occur following a minor injury as high pressure is consistently present in the veins of the legs.
Who is affected by these ulcers?
Many different people can be affected by ulcers, though it’s much more common to experience one as you age. A person who has had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) previously or trouble walking has a much greater risk of developing an ulcer. The following conditions may place you at even greater risk:
How are venous leg ulcers treated?
Most ulcers heal on their own in 3-4 months, if they are professionally treated. It is important to note that some ulcers can take much longer to heal. Treatment generally involves:
The underlying cause of the ulcer must be addressed in addition to wound care, otherwise you will be at greater risk of a venous leg ulcer reoccurring after treatment. These underlying causes can include previous DVT, immobility, obesity, or varicose veins.
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