Leg Swelling / Lymphedema
Edema is swelling caused by an abnormal build up of fluid in the body’s tissues. It most commonly presents as swelling in the lower legs, calves, ankles and feet and can be a sign of vein disease.
What Causes Leg Swelling?
Most often, swelling is caused by dysfunction of the lymph system. This swelling can be associated with vein disease when poor circulation causes fluid to accumulate in the tissues beneath the skin.
What are Signs of Edema?
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Changes in skin pigmentation / skin color
- Severe pain and discomfort — particularly in the calf and/or ankle
What are Vein Treatment Options for Leg Swelling?
Treating edema can be a straightforward process or may be more complex based on the cause or causes of the swelling. Patients with edema should always have a detailed ultrasound performed by one of our Hamilton Vein Center vein specialists to identify any underlying vein disease. If vein disease is identified, it should be treated with a minimally invasive treatment, such as radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Any edema that is caused solely by vein disease should resolve after vein treatment is completed. Swelling with multiple causes can also be significantly reduced with vein treatment. However, if the leg swelling is diffuse, vein treatment will bring some relief, but other causes of swelling must also be addressed in order for significant reduction of swelling to occur.
What Does Swelling Look Like?
If you feel you may be struggling with leg pain and swelling, contact us today at our Houston, San Antonio or Austin area vein clinic to schedule your initial consultation. Our vein specialists will perform a comprehensive ultrasound to determine the severity of your vein disease and recommend treatment.
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