Edema is swelling caused by an abnormal build up of fluid in the body’s tissues. It most commonly presents in the lower extremities – legs, calves, ankles and feet and can be a sign of vein disease.
What Causes Leg Swelling?
Most often, edema is caused by lymphatic dysfunction and/or a more progressive stage of venous reflux disease when venous hypertension forces fluid to pool in the lymphatic and tissues beneath the skin.
What are Signs of Edema?
Leg or ankle swelling
Changes in skin pigmentation
Severe pain and discomfort — particularly in the calf and/or ankle
What are Treatment Options for Leg Swelling?
Treating edema can be a straightforward process or more complex based on the cause or causes of the swelling. If it’s determined that the edema is caused solely by venous reflux, the edema can be treated with a minimally invasive vein treatment in one of our vein clinics, and it should go away. Ankle or foot swelling caused by venous reflux and components of lymphatic dysfunction can be reduced with a vein treatment, such as VNUS Closure. However, if the leg swelling is more diffuse, vein treatment will bring some relief, but the lymphatic dysfunction must be addressed with proper lymph treatment in order for real relief and significant reduction of swelling to occur.
If you feel you may be struggling with vein disease, contact us today at our Houston or Austin area vein clinic to schedule your initial consultation. Our vein specialists will perform an ultrasound to determine the severity of your vein disease and recommend treatment.
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If you are experiencing leg swelling, call today to schedule your consultation with the vein specialists at Hamilton Vein Center. We are dedicated to our patients and the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease with offices in Houston including Sugar Land, Bellaire, Kingwood, Katy, Clear Lake, The Woodlands, Lake Jackson, and Willowbrook. In Austin, we are located in Round Rock and South Austin.