Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center: Why Women Hate Swollen Legs & Ankles

Let’s face it. Women hate a swollen anything — legs, stomach, hips, thighs, etc…. But swollen legs and ankles can be a woman’s worst nightmare. Besides the discomfort, they can make wearing skirts impossible and tights or boots unbearable. And forget the heels. Sometimes the underlying condition that causes the swelling can be a dangerous medical condition. Read on to find out more about how women in particular are affected by this symptom of vein disease.

What do female residents of Hamilton Square, NJ need to know about swollen legs and ankles?

Swelling in the legs and ankles is often a symptom of underlying vein disease. Vein disease affects millions of men and women in the United States alone, although women are more likely to develop a venous condition. Additionally, hormone fluctuations throughout a woman’s life, pregnancy and taking birth control pills are all gender-specific factors that make developing vein disease more likely for females. Just by being a woman, you are at an increased risk for developing spider veins, varicose veins and all of the symptoms and complications associated with vein disease.

Venous insufficiency refers to a condition of the veins in which the blood is no longer able to flow effectively up to the heart and lungs. With age, family history or smoking, veins harden and the tiny one-way valves that work to pump blood upward against gravity are not able to do their job. Blood in the affected veins is pulled backward by gravity and pools inside the vein. The vein becomes irritated and swollen, resulting in the mangled bluish varicose veins on the legs, ankles and other parts of the body. Women take pride in a youthful and fresh appearance and varicose veins do not contribute to this goal.

The swollen varicose veins aren’t usually a more than a cosmetic concern (another vein disease-induced dread for a woman), but they can become one if there is underlying vein disease or if the varicosity itself becomes symptomatic. Common symptoms of vein disease can include aches, throbbing and swollen legs and ankles. If the swelling is only in one leg, that could be a sign of a very serious condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT refers to a blood clot or a collection of clots that form inside the deep-lying leg veins. The clots impede the circulation through the affected vein and fluid can begin to build up around the problem area.

The swelling itself can present problems of its own. Swelling that is left untreated for a long time stretches out the surrounding skin. The skin can become dry, cracked, tender and sore. Even the lightest bump can break the sensitive skin, resulting in bleeding and opening up the area to infection.

Whether you are a man or a woman and you suspect you may have vein disease, you should seek the consultation of a quality vein specialist. New Jersey residents are fortunate to have the services of Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, a board-certified vascular surgeon, who is not only a leader in his field, but sensitive to the desires of women to maintain attractive, youthful legs and ankles, free of the discomfort and embarrassment of swelling. Contact us today to schedule your vein disease treatment at our New Jersey location in Hamilton Square at 1-888-VEIN-DOC.

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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