What are Leg Ulcers?
The word "Ulcer" means a break in the layer of cells forming a surface. This can occur in many different areas of the body. In each different area, there are different things causing the ulcer to form.
A stomach ulcer is where the lining of the stomach is broken down in an area so the acid can attack the underlying tissue. The cause, however, is a balance between the amount of acid in the stomach and the factors that protect the stomach lining.
You don't cure a stomach ulcer with creams and bandages!
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.
However, years of research have shown 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.
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.