What causes leg swelling?
Leg swelling is a result of inflammation and fluid buildup. An injury can cause leg swelling, but so can tissue irritation caused by faulty veins.
Edema is the buildup of fluid when your blood vessels and tissues hold more blood and fluid than normal.
How do varicose veins and spider veins cause leg swelling?
Veins are designed to return blood to your heart. They have one-way valves that prevent the blood from flowing back into the lower portion of your legs. If, however, these veins fail, blood pools in the veins and cannot move upward toward your heart as it should.
The result is swelling in the area and puffy, gnarled varicose veins and reddish or purplish spider veins.
What other symptoms occur alongside leg swelling?
Suspect your leg swelling is due to a problem with your veins if you also experience:
- Pain after sitting or standing for long periods
- Dry, cracked skin
- Discoloration in your skin
- Ulcerated sores at the site of veins
Consult Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers if you notice these symptoms; relief is possible.
What puts me at risk of leg swelling?
Leg swelling caused by faulty veins is more likely to happen in people who are:
- Genetically predisposed
- Prone to sit or stand for long periods of time
Some people are just born with defective valves. Men and women with a history of blood clots in the legs also have a greater chance of developing leg swelling.
How is leg swelling treated?
At Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers, your customized leg swelling and vein treatment plan may include instruction to wear medical-grade compression stockings to improve blood flow. You’ll also benefit from avoiding long periods of sitting or standing, elevating your legs whenever you are seated, and losing weight if you’re overweight.
If these conservative treatments fail to relieve swelling and discomfort associated with faulty veins, you may consider sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a salt solution into offending veins, so they collapse and fade away.
Large varicose veins are best treated with endovenous laser therapy. Dr. Aduli inserts laser heat energy into the veins. The heat destroys them, and your body redirects your blood flow to healthier veins. Swelling subsides, and so does pain or other discomfort associated with varicosity.
If you’re suffering leg swelling due to faulty veins, make an appointment at Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers today. Call the office or use this website to book.