Any type of swelling in your legs is worth investigating, as it’s nearly always a sign of an underlying condition that needs attention. One of the most likely causes of a swollen leg is problems with your veins or circulation, and board-certified vascular surgeon Michael Kassouf, MD, and his team at VeinMedic can help. At their convenient locations in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge, Manhattan's Washington Heights, Elmhurst in Queens, and Mount Hope in the Bronx, VeinMedic offers specialist services for vein conditions that are causing your legs to swell. Call your nearest New York City office today or book your appointment online.
There are multiple reasons why you might have a swollen leg. One common cause of a swollen leg is an injury, either to the bones or the soft tissues such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your leg. Swollen legs can also be a sign of:
Side effects from medication can sometimes cause your legs to swell, and women often find their legs swell at certain times during their menstrual cycle.
In some cases, your legs swell because you’re not elevating them when you’re asleep. For instance, if you regularly sleep in a recliner rather than a bed, your legs might swell. If you don’t get much exercise, your calf muscles weaken and can’t pump blood back up your legs as effectively as needed, making them swell.
Obesity is a common cause of swollen legs, partly because of the extra pressure on your legs and circulation, and partly because being overweight tends to make you less mobile. Consuming too much salt can also make your legs swell, as the salt increases water retention in your legs.
If only one leg is swollen that could mean you have a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in a deep vein in your leg. DVTs need urgent medical attention, as there’s a risk the clot could break off and find its way to your lungs, where it could cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Varicose veins, although they can be uncomfortable and unsightly, don’t normally make your legs swell.
The team at VeinMedic bases your treatment on the cause of your swollen leg. For circulatory problems, addressing the underlying cause of the swelling should reduce or resolve the problem.
Making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and increasing your activity levels is vital in most cases, and most patients benefit from wearing compression stockings that help push the excess fluid back out of the legs.
Physical therapies can reduce swelling by increasing the strength of your calf muscles, and a massage technique called complete decongestive therapy helps remove excess fluid.
The team at VeinMedic also provides compression pump treatment at the practice and shows you how to use it safely at home. Compressions pumps are wearable devices that boost your body’s lymphatic system, helping to expel excess fluids from your legs.
If you have a swollen leg, find out the cause and get the best available treatment by calling VeinMedic today, or book an appointment online.