A leg ulcer is simply a break in the skin of the leg. The immediate cause is usually an injury, often a minor one that breaks the skin. In most people such an injury will heal up without difficulty within a week or two. However, if there is an underlying problem the skin does not heal and the area of breakdown may even increase in size. This is a chronic leg ulcer.
The most common underlying problem causing chronic leg ulcers is disease of the veins of the leg. Often this is a simple varicose vein problem, hence the term "varicose ulcer", that can be easily treated without surgery. Recently published evidence confirms that early treatment of the underlying vein problem leads to more rapid ulcer healing.
In our recent study of venous ulcers, we have shown an 88% ulcer healing rate after Ultrasound-guided Foam Sclerotherapy treatment.