If you have swollen legs and feet, it’s likely a buildup of fluid, known as edema. It’s always best to find out for sure what’s causing your leg swelling, and the team of highly skilled vein experts at Hamilton Vascular in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, Katy, and San Antonio, Texas, can help if you need a diagnosis. They have considerable experience in treating people who have edema and the vein conditions that can cause it. Call the office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Edema is a painless swelling in your foot, ankle, and leg caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. Edema typically affects both legs. It might affect the whole leg, but the lower part of your legs and ankles are often more severely affected due to the effect of gravity.
Edema is a symptom of poor circulation, which could be due to conditions like chronic venous insufficiency. Lymphedema is a condition in which lymph fluid, a product of your immune system, builds up in the soft tissues, causing edema.
Lymphatic dysfunction and vein disease often go hand-in-hand, as the poor circulation found in vein disease can cause or contribute to fluid buildup.
You’re more likely to get edema when you have risk factors such as:
Some medications also make you more prone to edema, including steroids, contraceptive pills, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
First, you need to make sure that the swelling in your legs is due to edema and not something more serious, like deep vein thrombosis. You should visit Hamilton Vascular to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your edema.
If there’s an underlying condition, then treating it should reduce your edema. You can also take steps to improve your circulation and general health to decrease leg swelling.
Boosting your circulation is the best way to reduce edema. You can put your legs above your heart when you lie down to get gravity to help. You can also help pump fluid out of your legs by exercising regularly.
Salt makes edema worse, so cut down the amount you eat. If you’re overweight, the pressure on your legs and veins can be immense, making edema much worse. Losing weight is essential to reducing swollen legs.
If self-help measures aren’t working, your provider at Hamilton Vascular can prescribe medications to treat edema and leg swelling, and conservative treatments like wearing compression hosiery, exercises to promote lymph drainage, and lymph drainage massage.
Hamilton Vascular also offers a variety of minimally invasive in-office procedures that address the faulty veins causing edema, including:
In radiofrequency ablation, your Hamilton Vascular specialist uses controlled radiofrequency energy pulses to force problem veins to close. This redirects blood into other areas and resolves the fluid buildup causing your leg swelling. Radiofrequency ablation is a 20-minute outpatient procedure.
In sclerotherapy, your Hamilton Vascular specialist injects a sclerosant solution right into the veins causing the fluid buildup in your legs. The sclerosant irritates your veins, and they shrink closed in response. This relieves the fluid buildup and your leg swelling.
In a phlebectomy, your Hamilton Vascular specialist makes very small incisions in your leg to pull out problem veins with a specialized hook tool.
Find out more about managing edema and leg swelling by calling the Hamilton Vascular office nearest you or using the online booking form today.