Context

Context

A leg ulcer is a long-lasting (chronic) open wound that takes more than 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Leg ulcers usually develop on the lower leg, between the shin and the ankle.

Studies suggest that 80% to 100% of leg ulcers may have bacteria (usually Staphylococcus aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa) present in the wound, but this does not necessarily mean the wound is infected.

  • Public Health England
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)