Mild swelling of the feet, ankles, and legs is common, a response to medications or medical conditions. In some cases, swelling can pass quickly with self-care, but sometimes it’s a sign of more serious illness and needs prompt medical attention.
Unexplained swelling and pain in your legs and ankles could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening condition. Luckily, some of the best vein doctors are in New Jersey and they can help you ease your symptoms and treat the root cause as well.
What do Hamilton Square, NJ patients need to know about swollen legs & ankles?
Your leg swelling may be caused from any number of reasons, but when vein disease in the cause, it may be due to a raise of pressure in the veins from a blood clot in a leg vein or because the valves in your veins are no longer functioning effectively. The valves in unhealthy veins no longer close properly and allow blood to flow backward and pool in the vein instead of traveling back up towards the heart, also known as venous reflux.
Swelling that only happens in one leg is likely to be a blockage in the vein. If the swelling has suddenly appeared, this could be caused by a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis (DVT)) and you should seek immediate medical attention. DVT may not present any symptoms whatsoever, but pain and swelling in the leg in which the clot is lodged is quite common. Pain and swelling can vary in degree from mild to severe or in one place or the whole leg and may or may not be joined by other symptoms, including redness, fever and skin discoloration.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of DVT and many other venous conditions are too general to make an accurate diagnosis. If you suspect vein disease is the cause of your swollen legs and ankles, it is a good idea to get checked out by a vein specialist in New Jersey. They will do a thorough, painless venous examination to determine the exact condition and get started on a plan of treatment.
At-home treatments can get you through until your next vein appointment.
If you’ve already seen a vein specialist and you’ve been diagnosed, please follow the regimen you’ve been prescribed. But if you’re still waiting to see a physician, there are a few things you can do on your own to help alleviate your symptoms in the meantime.
While you’re sleeping, you can prop up your leg on a stack of pillows to keep the foot elevated and let some of the fluid drain out of the leg to decrease swelling and tightness. During the day or while you’re active, you can wear compression stockings, which are simply an elastic sock that applies gentle pressure to the leg veins to promote blood flow and reduce swelling. Sometimes taking short walks can get the blood pumping, and so can contracting and releasing your calve muscles, if it doesn’t cause too much pain. Also, be sure to keep the affected area moisturized and clean in case of ulcers or extreme skin tightness that may cause damage to the skin.
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, the vascular surgeon at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center, and his highly trained staff use some of the most advanced methods of vein care available today for the treatment of spider and varicose veins, venous reflux and DVT. Give us a call at 1-888-VEIN-DOC to book your appointment.
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