The Internet encyclopedia called Wikipedia is a remarkable achievement and a valuable tool. Despite the fact that it is non-profit and has no paid editors, this user-maintained resource now contains over 35 million articles and makes them freely available worldwide in 288 different languages. What’s more, many of these articles have a reputation among real scholars for being “mostly accurate.” As a result, many people have gotten into the habit of using Wikipedia to look up medical conditions to find out more about them. Speaking as actual, professional Hawaii vein specialists, we can confirm that Wikipedia can be useful as a “first stop” resource that you glance at before moving on to more reputable sources of information. But in this article we will try to explain why you shouldn’t rely only on Wikipedia (or any other online medical resource) completely, because they don’t give you the whole story. Our vein treatment center in Hawaii explains.
Here’s a quick test – try looking up “swollen legs” on Wikipedia
If you do this, what you’ll find is some information on the subject that is accurate but not complete. The first article you’ll find related to this subject will suggest that most cases of swollen legs and ankles are caused by water retention, and occurs when fluid leaks from capillaries into surrounding tissue. What the article fails to deal with is what causes this water retention. It also recommends taking diuretic medications, which is dangerously misleading, because it ignores many other possible reasons for water retention, some of them quite serious.
Wikipedia also fails to mention the most common cause of these symptoms
If you had asked a real Oahu varicose vein doctor like Dr. Randall S. Juleff about swollen legs & ankles, he would tell you that a high percentage of cases are caused by a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. This is the most common cause of varicose veins, but it is also one of the most common causes of swollen legs and ankles. Taking diuretics to reduce the swelling not only doesn’t work if you have CVI, it can make the condition worse, because it provides some temporary relief while allowing the vein disease to get worse.
So if you have swollen legs and ankles, contact a real vein doctor
Don’t risk your overall health by relying on a useful but limited crowd-sourced Internet encyclopedia. Take your questions about swollen legs and ankles to professionals who have studied the causes and treatments of this disorder for many years. You can do this by just picking up your phone and giving our vein treatment center in Hawaii a call or go online to schedule an appointment. It may not be as easy as typing a query into Wikipedia, but at least you’ll know that the answers to your questions are accurate.