Swelling & Edema Specialists

Precision Vascular -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Precision Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, & McKinney, Texas

Leg swelling could be due to fluid buildup (edema), or inflammation, and in some cases, it can indicate a serious medical condition. You should always seek advice from the experts at Precision Vascular if you have symptoms that include leg swelling so they can diagnose and treat the problem promptly and prevent complications. Precision Vascular has branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, so keep the love flowing through your legs by giving them the treatment they deserve and book an appointment online or by phone today.

Swelling & Edema Q & A

What Causes Leg Swelling?

Leg swelling can happen for two reasons, edema (fluid buildup) and inflammation.

Edema makes your legs swell when the tissues fill with trapped fluid coming from tiny blood vessels. It often happens when you spend too long on your feet, or equally, if you spend too long sitting down. Being overweight and not getting enough exercise also increase the chances you could get edema.

Inflammation is the swelling and heat that occurs when you have tissue damage. It’s the cause of leg swelling when you fracture a bone or tear a ligament, but it could also be a symptom of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

What Leg Conditions Cause Swelling?

Several conditions can cause leg swelling, including:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: DVT involves the formation of a blood clot in the veins deep inside your leg. Some people don’t notice any serious symptoms when they have a DVT, but pain in the calf, skin discoloration, and leg swelling are the most likely symptoms if you do experience any. Unlike most conditions affecting the veins, DVT typically affects only one leg. The main concern with DVT is that a clot could break off and travel to other organs, causing a life-threatening embolism.
  • Thrombophlebitis: Thrombophlebitis is another disorder that causes blood clots, but these are nearer the surface and rarely break off and travel around the body.
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) develops when the valves in your veins that keep blood flowing in the right direction stop working properly. The blood pools and makes the veins swell, causing symptoms such as skin discoloration, dry, irritated, or cracked skin, sores or ulcers, and aching legs. You’re also likely to experience leg pain after sitting or standing for extended periods.

 

How is Leg Swelling Treated?

There are steps you can take to reduce leg swelling, such as:

  • Cutting back on salt in your diet
  • Wearing compression stockings.
  • Exercising every day
  • Avoiding sitting or standing for long periods
  • Frequently raising your legs above your heart level

 

The only exception to this is if you suspect clotting from DVT, in which case you should seek immediate medical treatment and try to move as little as possible to prevent any clots from breaking off and causing an embolism.

If your leg swelling doesn’t go down by itself, you should visit Precision Vascular, where they can run tests to see what’s causing the swelling. As well as expert diagnosis, they provide effective, noninvasive treatments for conditions like chronic venous insufficiency that include:

  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Phlebectomy

 

These treatments work by destroying, sealing off, or removing troublesome veins, so the blood goes through healthy vessels instead.

To find out why you have leg swelling and receive the most up-to-date treatments, call Precision Vascular, or book an appointment online.