How to treat leg ulcers?

Ulcers are open sores that last more than two weeks and are often found on the legs and feet. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms and procedures available for leg ulcers, to help provide a better understanding of the condition so that you can effectively treat them once and for all.

What are the causes of leg ulcers?

Although leg ulcers can be caused by a number of health issues, the majority of them are due to underlying chronic vein insufficiency (CVI). CVI is a vein condition where valves within our veins that pump blood towards our heart weaken, allowing blood to instead flow backwards and pool within our legs and feet. CVI is often associated to other vein diseases such as varicose veins and phlebitis.

What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

Patients have reported a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • A break in the skin in lower legs, typically just above the ankles.
  • Oedema – localised swelling in the legs and feet.
  • Varicose Eczema – warm, itchy, scaly / flaky skin.
  • Lipodermatosclerosis – discoloured skin (pink or brown) that is fragile, hard or tight in texture, and often tender.

What are the treatment options for leg ulcers?

If you are ever in doubt about your leg ulcers, particularly if your symptoms do not ease or get worse after 2 weeks, we recommend speaking to an expert vascular consultant like the ones we have here in the Premier Veins team.

The consultant will perform a detailed examination including a medical history and symptoms overview, and a non-invasive duplex ultrasound scan. This will allow them to assess blood flow and detect poorly functioning valves to help fully determine the underlying cause of your condition, and provide a diagnosis and information on the best treatment plans available to you, including: regular professional cleaning and dressing using specialised techniques, solutions and compression bandages; treating associated symptoms such as varicose veins and phlebitis; and antibiotics (if infected).

How can we help?

At Premier Veins, we offer a FREE, no-obligation mini-consultation for anyone considering treatment at one of our private clinics in Birmingham, Solihull, Leamington Spa and London. The consultation will provide you with an opportunity to:

To get started, click here and book your FREE mini-consultation or call 0333 366 2246 to speak to a member of our friendly receptionist team today.

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Clinic locations:

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Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 16:00