Chronic leg ulcer: does a patient always get a correct diagnosis and adequate treatment?

Phlebology. 2016 Mar;31(1 Suppl):68-73. doi: 10.1177/0268355516632436.


Patients with chronic leg ulcers have severely impaired quality of life and account for a high percentage of annual healthcare costs. To establish the cause of a chronic leg ulcer, referral to a center with a multidisciplinary team of professionals is often necessary. Treating the underlying cause diminishes healing time and reduces costs. In venous leg ulcers adequate compression therapy is still a problem. It can be improved by training the professionals with pressure measuring devices. A perfect fitting of elastic stockings is important to prevent venous leg ulcer recurrence. In most cases, custom-made stockings are the best choice for this purpose.

Keywords: Chronic leg ulcer; compression therapy; diagnostic tools; elastic stocking; treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Leg Ulcer / diagnosis*
  • Leg Ulcer / etiology
  • Leg Ulcer / therapy*
  • Precision Medicine / methods*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Stockings, Compression*