Seeing your legs swell is concerning, but you don’t need to panic. For more severe leg swelling or swelling accompanied by pain or other symptoms, Don H. Gaede, MDat VeinPros in Fresno, California can diagnose and treat the underlying cause. There are many causes for leg swelling that are not dangerous and the swelling often goes away on its own. Schedule your appointment online or call the practice to learn more about treatment for leg swelling.
The most common cause of leg swelling is fluid accumulation in the tissues, called peripheral edema. This may result from varicose veins, salt retention, immobility, pregnancy, congestive heart failure, or cellulitis. Less commonly, people experience leg swelling as a result of leg vein obstruction, blood clots in the leg, blood clots, or liver failure.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially dangerous condition that starts with leg swelling, particularly in the calf. A DVT is a blood clot in a vein of your leg. If it breaks off and travels to your lungs, you’re at risk for a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism.
Don’t ignore swollen legs. If you experience leg swelling along with pain, tenderness, cramping, or skin that’s slightly red or blue in color, give the vein specialists a call at VeinPros to determine the cause and necessary treatment for leg swelling.
Other symptoms of swollen legs include redness or a rash near the swollen part of the leg, or skin ulceration. Pain that accompanies swollen legs may be a sign of a more serious problem and you should book an exam with VeinPros to rule out other health issues requiring treatment.
If your leg swelling isn’t accompanied by any other symptoms, it may be possible to reduce the swelling with home remedies, including:
If your leg swelling is a result of varicose veins, the specialists at VeinPros may recommend treatment with injections, micro-surgical removal of the veins, or a minimally-invasive radiofrequency ablation, called ClosureFast™.
For leg swelling with pain or other symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online with the varicose vein specialists at VeinPros. The team will perform a sonogram to determine the presence of leaking valves or blood clots, and diagnose the cause of your swelling legs to devise the best course of treatment.