Vascular ulcers are open lesions of the skin, between the knee and ankle, which do not heal within four weeks and occur in conjunction with a venous disorder.
Conditions which are painful, persistent and widespread among the adult population
- Dry and thin skin
- Reddening of the limb
- Burning in the fingers
- Pain at rest and at night
- Intense itching
Vascular ulcers have a very high prevalence: according to the study “The causes of skin damage and leg ulceration in chronic venous disease,” venous ulcers affect between 1 and 2% of the adult population worldwide. Of these, 75 to 90% are due to chronic venous disease and 10% to a pathology at the level of the arteries, mainly in peripheral areas. In England and France, the cost of treatment of venous leg ulcers is 2% of total national expenditure on health care.