What is a venous leg ulcer?

A venous ulcer usually an ulcer (sore) that develops on the inside of the leg just above the ankle. It is usually a chronic ulcer and some patients may have the ulcer for many years. It is termed a venous ulcer as it usually caused by increased pressure in the veins either as a result of chronic venous in sufficiency (like varicose veins) or an obstruction in the veins (like a deep vein thrombosis – DVT).