Areas Affected by Venous Skin Ulcers

Leg and foot areas affected by venous skin ulcers

A venous skin ulcer is a shallow wound that develops when the leg veins do not move blood back toward the heart normally. Most venous skin ulcers develop on either side of the lower leg, above the ankle and below the calf.

Current as ofSeptember 26, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Margaret M. Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine

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