Venous leg ulcers

Pain and infection

By: Mölnlycke Health Care, December 27 2011Posted in: Venous leg ulcers

Leg with infected ulcer on the inside of the anklePain is a common occurrence in patients with chronic wounds1 and has been described as one of the most devastating aspects of living with a chronic wound.2

A venous leg ulcer can be vulnerable to bacterial infection. Symptoms of an infected leg ulcer include:

  • Worsening pain
  • A high temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above
  • A painful, tender red region developing rapidly around the ulcer 


  1. Morrison MJ, Moffatt C (2004) Leg ulcers in MJ et al (eds), Chronic wound care; A problem based learning approach.
  2. Edinburgh Mosby Anderson I (2006) Aetiology assessment and management of leg ulcers, Wound Essentials;1 20-37 Tiwari A et al (2003) Differential diagnosis investigation and current treatment of lower limb lymphoedema, Archives of surgery; 138, 152-161.
  3. Charles, H. Venous leg ulcer pain and its characteristics. J Tissue Viability 2002; 12: 4, 154-15.
  4. Hofman, D., Ryan, T.J., Arnold, F. et al. Pain in venous leg ulcers. J Wound Care 1997; 6: 5, 222-224.
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