More than 70% of leg ulcers are caused by venous insufficiency. Venous leg ulcers are long standing and usually cause pain, itchiness and swelling. The skin surrounding leg venous ulcers will harden and be discolored. The key step in treating venous leg ulcers is treating the underlying venous insufficiency and controlling leg swelling.
Your GP can examine your leg ulcer and organise the necessary tests, after which you will be refered to a specialist for further treatment if required.
Management of a leg ulcer needs evidence-based treatment to help formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. Then under expert supervision we can move towards wound closure. Cleaning the wound, using antibacterial medication, Advanced Wound Care Dressings and Compression Therapy are essential steps in managing a leg ulcer. Often there is an underlying venous or arterial insufficiency that needs to be addressed with appropriate intervention.