Most people with varicose veins and spider veins do not develop problems with leg ulcers, but a proportion of people with longstanding varicose veins may eventually suffer from ulcers of the lower legs.
An ulcer is a wound or sore on the leg which fails to heal normally, and within the normal time frame. The majority of lower leg ulcers are caused by problems with the veins in the leg, and many ulcers can be healed by paying attention to improving the venous circulation. However there are many other less common causes of leg ulcers, and it is important that if you have a leg ulcer it is assessed and treated appropriately.
Phlebologists are trained in the assessment and management of leg ulcer problems, and Dr McMaster is happy to assess, advise and treat patients with leg ulcer problems.