Many people experience occasional swelling in their legs and ankles, and in most cases this is a temporary condition caused by an injury or sprain. If the swelling persists and becomes chronic, however, vein care specialists in Kauai want you to know it could be a symptom of vein disease.
What Hawaii residents need to know about swollen legs & ankles
When your veins are healthy, the flow of blood from your extremities back to your heart and lungs is unimpeded. But if you have developed a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, the valves that normally close after blood passes through the veins become “leaky,” and allow blood to flow backwards into the veins and pool there.
This causes them to swell and become varicose, but as Maui vein treatment experts will tell you, it also has a big impact on your overall circulation. When you have CVI and/or varicose veins, one of the first things that happens is that your body loses some of its ability to reabsorb fluids, resulting in edema, swelling of the lower extremities. While this swelling can be viewed initially as merely a minor problem, if left untreated it can become serious.
Even “just” swollen legs and ankles can disrupt your health
Untreated swelling caused by CVI can become painful very quickly, and the discomfort can cause you to become less mobile, and to get less exercise. This is a problem because health officials have recently pinpointed inactivityas one of the biggest health dangers on the planet, one that kills more people every year than smoking. But even on a psychological level, if you don’t do anything about the swelling and the pain and end up staying at home rather than going out, this can quickly erode your self-confidence and increase your risk of depression.
So what can you do about swollen legs and ankles?
The most important thing you should do if you suffer from swollen legs & ankles is contact the most trusted vein treatment center in Hawaii and schedule a venous health screening to find out what the cause of the swelling is. These checkups take only about an hour, and are completely painless and non-invasive, but they allow your Hawaii vein specialist to determine whether the cause is CVI or a similar vein disease.
If so, these professionals can recommend treatments to eliminate the swelling by treating the vein disease. Like the screening, these treatments are minimally-invasive, painless, and fast, and they can have you back on your feet in a matter of days. So pick up your phone and call Dr. Randall S. Juleff today and arrange for your own screening. You’ll be happy you did.