Swelling can cause your legs to feel heavy and ache. At Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in Midland Beach of Staten Island and Borough Park of Brooklyn, New York, Inam Haq, MD, FACS, and Sushil Samant, MD, FACS, FICS, evaluate your leg swelling and can offer treatment when it’s due to faulty veins. Call the office or book an appointment online to schedule a consultation to have your leg swelling evaluated and treated.
Leg swelling may come from fluid buildup or inflammation. Edema, the medical term for a buildup of fluid, occurs when your blood vessels and tissues hold more fluid and blood than they should.
Inflammation is a response to tissue irritation, including irritation caused by faulty veins.
Your veins return blood to the heart. When the valves falter, blood pools in the veins and fails to move up from your legs. The excess blood and irritation of the veins causes associated swelling as well as the purplish lines of spider veins and puffy coils of varicose veins.
In addition to swollen legs, varicose veins and the associated edema can cause:
If you experience any of these symptoms, including leg swelling, consult the team at Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center for treatment options.
You’re at a greater risk of leg swelling and faulty veins if you are:
If you were born with defective valves, have a history of blood clots in your legs, or stand/sit for long periods of time, you also have a greater chance of developing leg swelling.
Conservative treatments for leg swelling include:
These steps can reduce the severity of varicose and spider veins to reduce swelling.
If conservative treatments are ineffective, you may be a candidate for sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a salt solution into offending veins. This solution causes the veins to collapse and fade away.
Larger veins respond well to endovenous laser therapy, which uses laser heat energy inserted into the veins to prompt their destruction. When the veins die off, blood is directed to healthier veins, your circulation improves, and swelling reduces or disappears altogether.
To learn how the team at Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center can help you alleviate leg swelling, call the office or book an appointment online.