Leg Swelling

Randall Juleff, MD, FACS -  - Cardiovascular Surgeon

Vein Clinics of Hawaii

Randall Juleff, MD, FACS

Cardiovascular Surgeon & Phlebologist located in Wailuku, HI & Lihue, HI

If you work hard, you might expect occasional leg swelling, but in some cases, leg swelling isn’t just the result of a long day on your feet. It could be a sign of a serious condition. At the Vein Clinics of Hawaii, vein specialist Randall Juleff, MD, FACS, evaluates leg swelling and determines its root cause. The Vein Clinics of Hawaii has four locations, in Wailuku, Lihue, Honolulu, or Kamuela. If leg swelling has you concerned, call the closest office today or go online to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Juleff.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What causes leg swelling?

A variety of conditions can cause swelling in your legs and feet. Water retention, or the abnormal buildup of fluids, is common, especially among older adults. Other causes of leg swelling include:

  • Obesity
  • Blood clots
  • Infection
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Cardiac conditions

 

If you’ve recently injured your leg, the swelling could result from inflammation. If the swelling in your leg doesn’t go down with a few days of rest, seek the help of a professional.

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency results when your veins are unable to effectively pump the blood from your lower limbs back to your heart. It causes the blood to pool in your lower legs and leads to varicose veins, spider veins, and the symptoms they create, including leg pain and swelling.

This pooling blood puts pressure on your veins, weakening the vein walls. Eventually, blood may seep from the veins, causing dark pigmentation, eczema, or skin ulcers.

How can I reduce leg swelling?

To try to reduce your leg swelling, Dr. Juleff recommends:

  • Exercising your legs
  • Wearing support stockings
  • Elevating your legs
  • Eating a low-sodium diet
  • Moving around throughout the day
  • Avoiding restrictive garments on your legs
  • Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight

What treatments can help with leg swelling?

The root cause of your leg swelling determines the course of treatment Dr. Juleff recommends. If the swelling is due to venous insufficiency or another vein issue, he may suggest an endovenous ablation. This treatment uses radiofrequency energy to destroy your vein, causing it to collapse on itself, reducing swelling and inflammation.

The blood that once traveled through the troublesome vein naturally reroutes, and your varicose veins and leg swelling should decrease.

If you’re bothered by leg swelling and you think it’s related to a vein issue, contact Hawaii’s top vein specialist, Dr. Juleff. Call one of the Vein Clinics of Hawaii’s four locations today to schedule your initial consultation or go online to book your appointment.

*Individual results may vary.

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