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What’s causing my swollen legs?

What’s causing my swollen legs?

Posted by Miller Vein Team on Sep 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM


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Many of our patients come to us with swollen legs. Sometimes the swelling becomes painful and interferes with daily life. Additionally, the swelling can cause embarrassment and emotional discomfort. Regardless of the effects of swelling, the fact remains: swelling is a symptom of an underlying issue.

Legs may swell for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Problems with kidney function
  • Variety of medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Lymphedema
  • Obesity
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Infection
  • Venous insufficiency

Venous Insufficiency and Leg Swelling

When your leg veins struggle to pump blood up from the legs back to the heart it is referred to as venous insufficiency which is the cause of varicose veins. Symptoms of this condition include leg pain, swelling, aching, throbbing, itching veins, and heaviness which typically gets worse as the day progresses. Patients can also complain of restless legs and night cramps. Left untreated this can lead to skin changes, ulcers and is a risk factor for blood clots.

Especially when the swelling is persistent, it’s important to have your legs examined by a physician. Miller Vein physicians are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine and are able to diagnose and manage multiple causes of leg swelling. At your consultation, we carefully review your medical history and perform a complete physical exam. Our experts will then be able to recommend treatment options to help manage your swollen legs.



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