When your legs are swollen, you might be uncomfortable in many ways. Your legs might feel tired and not hold you as long as they used to. They also might look strange, and you may never want to wear shorts because of their appearance. Swollen legs, also known as edema, should be evaluated when they occur more than on just a rare occasion. You might notice them more after a long day of sitting or standing. If they are painful or tender to the touch, they especially need attention.
There are some things that can cause edema in your legs. Our doctors will review many different signs and symptoms with you when you go in for your consultation. They will also evaluate the blood vessels in many areas of your body. It is possible that varicose veins are causing some, if not all of your leg issues.
Varicose veins appear on your legs when there are blockages within the vein. This blockage causes the veins to strain outward to get the right amount of blood to go through your body. If not enough blood gets through, your legs might swell and cause pain. The veins themselves can also be painful and unsightly all at once.
If you have varicose veins and your legs are not yet causing you pain, you may want to see your doctor to prevent edema from occurring at all. If you already have edema, make sure you point out the varicose veins that have been bothering you. Fixing the veins could help pump more blood to your legs and cut back on the swelling.
Varicose veins are not always to blame for edema. There could be some other factors at play. If your leg swelling is chronic, you could be looking at something as serious as congestive heart failure, a liver disorder, kidney disease, hypertension, or even something simple like medication issues.
If your edema is giving you issues often and on a regular basis, it is best to set up an appointment with our medical team at South Texas Vein Institute. We will go over all of your symptoms to determine the causes of your pain or edema.
At South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, we offer many different treatments for varicose and spider veins. We specialize in diagnosing and treating vein disorders, and we can recommend the safest and most effective treatment for your needs. From conservative treatments and Sclerotherapy to laser treatments and endovenous vein ablation, we can help you get the results you want. Contact South Texas Vein Institute today to schedule your consultation.