Nashville vascular doctors have noticed a trend among patients who arrive with swollen legs and ankles. They find that the majority of their patients have little to no concern about swelling in the extremities, often dismissing this symptom as a temporary condition or something to pass off as a sign of aging. While swelling is often not a medical worry, swelling can be a warning sign of severe vein disease.
What should Nashville residents know about swollen legs and ankles?
Swelling that goes away with a bit of rest is often nothing to worry about, but longstanding or chronic swelling in the legs and feet is often attributed to chronic venous insufficiency, a condition in which the veins in the legs and ankles are no longer able to circulate blood and fluids out of the lower body. With aging, heredity and unhealthy lifestyle habits, veins can weaken. Instead of pushing the fluids up toward the heart, diseased veins allow blood to collect in the affected veins. Many times, this condition is accompanied by varicose veins and spider veins, but not always.
Another more severe condition that produces swelling in the legs and ankles is deep vein thrombosis. In this condition, a blood clot forms within the deep leg veins that run directly to your heart and lungs. If the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs or another major organ, the consequences could be fatal. Seek Nashville vein treatment immediately if you suspect you have a blood clot.
The bad news is that the longer you ignore your swelling, the bigger your risk for developing severe side effects from these conditions. The good news is that varicose and spider vein treatment in Nashville is quite easy and available by calling our office at 615-777-0744. At your appointment, Dr. Siragusa and the team will be able to examine your condition and recommend a care plan to relieve your swelling and treat the underlying vein disease.