A wound on the leg or ankle caused by abnormal or damaged veins.

Venous ulcers are due to abnormal vein function. People may inherit a tendency for abnormal veins. Common causes of damaged veins include blood clots, injury, ageing and obesity.

Symptoms include swelling, aching and tiredness in the legs. Usually a red, irritated skin rash develops into an open wound.

Treatment includes leg elevation, compression and wound care. Other surgical options include Endovenous Laser ablation, Endovenous Radiofrequency ablation, Venaseal Glue Ablation and Sclerotherapy