Leg Swelling

No matter the area, swelling is the body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. When it comes to swelling in the legs, there are a variety of issues that can be taking place. One of the most common ones our team deals with is known as peripheral edema. Here at Renew Vein Centers, our team is well versed in this condition and will do everything in our power to help you make a full recovery.


What Is Peripheral Edema?

Peripheral edema refers to swelling that takes place around the lower legs, primarily around the ankles. It is the result of an imbalance of fluids in the cells, leading to an abnormal accumulation of fluid in your tissues, which is the cause of the swelling. Some of the most common causes of peripheral edema that our patients deal with include:

  • Standing or sitting down for long periods.
  • Congestive heart failure.
  • Side effects of certain medications.

Effective Forms Of Treatment

To create the most effective treatment plan, our doctors will first need to perform a full evaluation of your symptoms and determine the cause. Although this peripheral edema is most common in adults and pregnant women, anyone can be plagued with it. Fortunately, we will be there to help. Some of the best ways to combat the development at symptoms of peripheral edema include:

  • Increasing the amount of time you spend exercising.
  • Elevating your legs throughout the day.
  • Wearing compression stockings (if recommended by our team.)
  • Decreasing your salt intake.
  • Taking diuretics when prescribed by doctors.

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