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Leg ulcers - What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

A leg ulcer is a shallow, moist wound in your lower leg that doesn't heal for at least six weeks. It could be anywhere from just below your ankle, to half way up your calf. But they are most likely on the inside of your ankle.

Leg ulcers can be small, big, or even stretch all the way around your leg. They shrink as they heal.

Your ulcer may look smooth, or it can be rough or bumpy. The bumps are called granulation tissue. If you have this bumpy tissue, that's usually good news. It shows your ulcer is healing.[2]

Ulcers are red or yellowish. They are often very sore. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can help with the pain.

You may also notice other symptoms:[2][1][3]

  • Your legs ache or feel heavy, particularly towards the end of the day

  • Your ankle or calf swells up

  • The skin around your ulcer goes brown

  • You get red, itchy, scaly skin, called venous eczema

  • The ulcer weeps or oozes pus.


For references related to Leg ulcers click here.
Last Updated: March 13, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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