Wound Care Articles and Insights
June 21, 2022

Venous Ulcers By The Numbers

Kallie Christensen


Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are the most common type of ulcers found on the leg. They account for up to 90% of lower leg ulcers:

Adeyi, Adeyemi, et al. “Leg Ulcers in Older People: A Review of Management.” British Journal of Medical Practitioners, vol. 2, no. 3, Sept. 2009, pp. 21–28.,

Approximately 600,000 individuals develop a VLU annually:

Abbade, Luciana P Fernandes, and Sidnei Lastória. “Venous ulcer: epidemiology, physiopathology, diagnosis and treatment.” International journal of dermatology vol. 44,6 (2005): 449-56. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2004.02456.x

30% of venous leg ulcers remain unhealed after a 24 week period:

Guest, M et al. “Venous ulcer healing by four-layer compression bandaging is not influenced by the pattern of venous incompetence.” The British journal of surgery vol. 86,11 (1999): 1437-40. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2168.1999.01288.x

In the US, venous leg ulcers cost the health system around 2.5 billion:

Sen, Chandan K. “Human Wounds and Its Burden: An Updated Compendium of Estimates.” Advances in Wound Care, vol. 8, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 39–48, doi:10.1089/wound.2019.0946.

An average of 2 million working days are lost every year because of venous leg ulcers:

Fishman T. How to manage venous stasis ulcers. Podiatry Today. 2007;20:66–72.

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