Although the patient will not probably die of this disease, yet, without great care, it may render her miserable. The disease may be very much relieved by art, and it is one of very common occurrence.
Sir Benjamin Brodie (1846)
Despite the great increase in our understanding of the pathology of leg ulcers, their management is still largely "art". Consequently there are numerous treatments, each with their enthusiastic advocates. There are, however, basic concepts which are helpful in management. As about 95% of leg ulcers are of the "venous" or gravitational variety these will be considered first.
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