What is it?
CAUSED BY VARICOSE VEINS
Leg edema, or swelling in the legs, is a typical and painful sign of varicose veins. Weak valves in the legs cause blood to pool, which raises pressure and causes fluid to leak into surrounding tissues, resulting in these twisted, swollen veins.
Varicose vein-related leg swelling symptoms include:
Swelling: Can extend up the legs, but is most visible in the feet and ankles.
Aching, throbbing, or burning feelings in the legs are examples of pain or discomfort.
Fatigue and heaviness: Experiencing tiredness or heaviness, particularly after extended periods of sitting or standing.
Skin changes include dryness, discoloration, and itching in the ankle area.
Ulcers: In extreme situations, the skin may become open sores.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Diagnosis of varicose vein-related leg swelling:
Physical examination: The physician will feel for swelling and soreness in addition to searching for varicose veins that are visible.
Doppler ultrasound: This diagnostic procedure measures blood flow in veins and detects blockages using sound waves.
Venography: This X-ray method makes use of contrast dye to make veins visible and identify vein issues.
Ankle-brachial index (ABI): This test evaluates circulation by comparing the blood pressure in the ankle and arm.
Treatment for varicose vein-related leg swelling:
Lifestyle changes: You can enhance circulation and lessen edema by eating a healthy weight, raising your legs, exercising frequently, and wearing compression stockings.
Medication: To treat symptoms, doctors may prescribe blood thinners, diuretics, and painkillers.
Minimally invasive procedures: Radiofrequency ablation, laser therapy, and sclerosing therapy can seal off tiny varicose veins.
Surgery: To remove or bypass clogged veins, surgery may be required in extreme situations.