What Is Swelling?

Swelling, also known as edema, is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body tissues. It can occur in any part of the body but is most commonly seen in the feet, ankles, and legs. Swelling is a common symptom of venous disease that happens when the veins in the legs are not functioning properly. It may worsen at the end of the day or after prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

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Other Symptoms of Venous Disease

  • Varicose veins
  • Leg pain or cramping
  • Heaviness or fatigue in the legs
  • Skin changes, such as discoloration or thickening
  • Ulcers or sores on the legs or feet

Diagnosing Venous Disease

To diagnose venous disease, your doctor will perform a physical evaluation, ask you about your medical history and any medications you are taking, and order diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound, to evaluate the blood flow in your legs.

If you are diagnosed with venous disease, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, compression stockings, or other treatments to help manage your symptoms. If you have swelling or any other signs of venous disease, contact our office today.

Treatment Options

Self-Care Measures

Some self-care measures that are non-invasive and can be done at home include:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Elevating your legs
  • Exercising regularly
  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding prolonged standing or sitting

These treatments can help reduce swelling and improve circulation as a first step in managing venous disease.

Medical Treatments

The following medical treatments are minimally invasive and can be done in an outpatient setting with a high success rate and a quick recovery time. 

  • Sclerotherapy: a chemical is injected into the affected vein, causing it to close and eventually disappear
  • Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Pumps - these wearable pumps help your legs circulate blood in the right direction so it doesn’t pool in your lower legs. This can help alleviate swelling and prevent skin changes

  • Radiofrequency ablation: a catheter inserted into the affected vein uses radiofrequency energy to heat and close it

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Are You Concerned About Swelling?

If you are experiencing swelling in your legs or ankles, it could be a sign of venous disease. The best way to find relief is by having an expert in venous health determine the underlying cause of your swelling and provide the appropriate treatment. At Spartz Vein, you can experience top-quality care. Dr. Spartz is board-certified and committed to partnering with her patients on their journey toward optimal health. With a kind, compassionate, and accomplished medical professional by your side, you can trust that you will receive a detailed plan to improve your quality of life. Contact our office today if you are concerned about swelling related to vein health.

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