We're So Vain
General Surgeon & Vascular Surgeon located in New London, CT
Leg swelling, medically known as edema, tends to cause leg throbbing, aching, and discomfort. Because leg swelling is often linked to vein complications, it’s important to have a comprehensive evaluation with board-certified physician Gregory Azia, MD, of We're So Vain in New London, Connecticut. Dr. Azia specializes in vein disorders and provides integrative diagnostic and treatment solutions in-office. Don’t delay another day to book your evaluation for leg swelling. You can schedule your appointment through the website or by phone today.
Leg Swelling Q & A
What causes leg swelling?
Leg swelling is a complex issue that’s a warning sign of an underlying issue (or issues). If you find that your ankles and lower legs swell up regularly, it may be a sign of:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Hormonal imbalances
- Congestive heart failure
- Lymphatic system damage
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Too much sodium (salt) in your diet
Leg swelling is sometimes a side effect of medications, too. For example, blood pressure-lowering medications and certain pain medications are known for causing edema.
When should I see a doctor for leg swelling?
Leg swelling is never something you should ignore. Even minor swelling means that your heart has to pump harder to circulate blood, which leads to unnecessary strain on your heart muscle. Dr. Azia encourages you to come into We're So Vain if you notice any of the following issues:
- Shiny or stretched skin
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Spider or varicose veins
- Ankle discoloration
- Leg discomfort
You may also find that when you press on the swollen area for several seconds and then remove your finger, the dimple stays in your skin for an extended period. If left untreated, leg swelling can cause progressive venous reflux, which often leads to widespread circulatory issues.
How is leg swelling treated?
When you come into We're So Vain for your examination for leg swelling, Dr. Azia conducts several evaluations and tests to determine the cause of your leg swelling. Once he diagnoses you, he designs an edema treatment plan, which may include:
- Dietary changes, including reducing your sodium intake
- Prescription compression stockings
- Regularly elevating your feet
- Diuretic medications
- Daily massage
Dr. Azia also counsels you about factors that can increase leg swelling flare-ups, so you know what to avoid. For instance, avoiding extreme temperature changes and tight clothing are essential when you have a history of leg swelling.
Dr. Azia can also partner with your other physicians if you have prescription medications that are causing swelling. He can help determine if there’s an alternative solution.
Before suffering from leg swelling another day, contact We're So Vain for an evaluation so you can get started on treatment. Book your leg swelling exam online or by calling the office today.