Decrease Risk of Swollen Legs and Feet
If you suffer from swollen legs of feet, the condition could be caused by a wide range of factors. These causes can range from serious to minor, and from acute to chronic. Swollen legs or feet should be taken seriously and do warrant consulting a physician. Here are some facts that you need to know about swollen legs and feet.
In some cases, the swelling is only temporary and may be caused by simple lifestyle factors. For example, high salt intake can cause swelling. Also, being sedentary can contribute to the condition. Leading a more active lifestyle and not sitting or standing for long periods of time can help alleviate the symptoms, as can improving your diet. Being overweight can also cause of worsen swelling of the legs and feet. Certain medications can also cause swelling, which is especially true if both legs are swollen. You may want to consult your physician to ensure that the medication you’re on is the right option for you. So getting those conditions under control may reduce or eliminate your swelling.
Serious medical conditions such as heart failure can also cause swelling, which is why it’s crucial that you visit your primary care physician for a thorough physical examination if your legs or feet stay swollen. Blood clots in the legs, a condition called Deep Venous Thrombosis, can also cause swelling. These clots can sometimes break away and travel through the body, potentially settling in the lungs, which can be fatal.
One cause of swollen legs and ankles that many people don’t know about is Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or CVI, which is a common cause of swelling but also one that both patients and doctors sometimes overlook. With CVI, the valves in the veins of the leg no longer function properly. This means they don’t carry blood from the legs to the heart as effectively as they used to. This can cause the blood to pool in the legs instead of traveling to the heart. Because the valves in the veins are weakened, the veins may not be able to withstand the pressure of the blood going through them and may expand. CVI can cause significant swelling, as well as other complications such as varicose veins, pain, cramping, itching, burning, skin changes, and leg ulcers.
At Alpha Vein Clinic, Dr. Kaveh is the vein expert. We can help determine the reason for swelling in the legs or feet and recommend the best treatment option for what’s causing yours. Book an appointment today so our knowledgeable staff can create the ideal treatment plan for your needs.
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