The word "Ulcer" means a break in the layer of cells forming a surface. A leg ulcer is where the skin breaks down allowing air and bacteria to get into the underlying tissue. As we can see the ulcer on the leg, it is tempting to put dressings and creams straight on to it, hoping the skin will grow back.

We know that the usual cause of leg ulcers is not the skin, but the underlying blood supply to the skin.

Therefore successful treatment of ulcers and successful prevention of ulcers must be directed at correcting the underlying cause, not the ulcer itself. Changing the type of dressing everyweek is a sure way of not healing your ulcer. Treating the cause of the ulcer will cause the ulcer to heal. 

If you, or someone you know, are concerned about a leg ulcer or a condition that may lead to leg ulcers then please contact us for more information, or to book an appointment to see one our specialists.