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Venous leg ulcers are open, often painful, sores in the skin that take more than 2 weeks to heal. They usually develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle.

If you have a venous leg ulcer, you may also have:

Signs of an infection

A venous leg ulcer can be susceptible to bacterial infection.

Symptoms of an infected leg ulcer can include:

When to seek medical advice

Contact your GP if you think you have developed a venous leg ulcer. They're unlikely to get better on their own, as they usually require specialist medical treatment.

You should also contact your GP or leg ulcer specialist if you have been diagnosed with a venous leg ulcer and have symptoms that suggest it could be infected.

Find out how venous leg ulcers are treated