Legs Matter - The Importance of Self-Care

A leg ulcer is a long- lasting (chronic) wound, which take more than two – four weeks to heal. They most often develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle.

The most common type is a venous ulcer which results from the poor return of the blood back up to the heart. Symptoms include pain, itching and swelling in the affected leg. There may also be discoloured or hardened skin around the ulcer, and the sore may produce a discharge.

Causes of venous leg ulcers?

Venous leg ulcers can occur after a minor injury, where persistently high pressure in the veins of the legs has caused damage to the skin.

You can help reduce your risk of developing a venous leg ulcer in several ways, such as wearing a compression stocking, losing weight and taking care of your skin. For further advice/ information please see websites below.

Who is affected?

Venous leg ulcers are estimated to affect around 1 in 500 people in the UK and it’s estimated that 1 in 50 people over the age of 80 has one.

Treatment of Venous Leg ulcers

Most venous leg ulcers will heal within three to four months if they are assessed and treated by a healthcare professional. If you have a Chronic Wound then please see a Practice Nurse for further advice.

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