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.
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.
Several conditions can cause leg swelling, including:
There are steps you can take to reduce leg swelling, such as:
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:
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.