Leg Swelling Specialist


Vein & Vascular Specialists Located in Granite Falls, NC and Seeing Patients from Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir

You should never ignore leg swelling, also known as peripheral edema, because it can be a sign of a vein problem or other serious condition, like a blood clot, that needs treatment. Lindsey Castagna, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, and the team at Venaflux in Granite Falls, North Carolina, specialize in treating venous diseases that cause leg swelling. If you have leg swelling whether developed by an injury or not related to an injury, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What causes leg swelling?

Leg swelling can be due to a problem with your veins and circulatory system, your lymphatic system, or your kidneys. At other times, leg swelling is a sign that you need to rest your feet after sitting or standing for too long.

Health conditions that can cause leg swelling include:

  • Venous disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Lymphedema
  • Cellulitis
  • Obesity
  • Certain cardiovascular medications

Of all these health issues associated with leg swelling, venous disease is one of the most prevalent. Varicose vein problems arise when the valves in the leg veins are not working properly to keep blood moving. Varicose veins begin to swell and become twisted “rope-like” near the surface of the skin that you can see, but these can also develop under the skin that are not visible to the eye.

What vein conditions can make my legs swell?

Leg swelling can be the first and only symptom of a venous disease. VenafluxVenaflux diagnoses and treats many problems associated with leg swelling, including:

Varicose and spider veins

Varicose veins are abnormally large, twisted, and discolored veins that often appear to bulge through the skin. Leg pain, swelling, and heaviness are common symptoms of varicose veins.

Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller, closer to the skin’s surface, and usually red or purple in color.

Chronic venous insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency, also called venous reflux, is the underlying cause of varicose veins. When the small valves in your leg veins weaken or fail, blood moves backward and pools in the vein. This causes leg pain, heaviness, cramps, restless leg syndrome, and leg swelling.

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in your leg. Leg swelling and leg pain are the primary symptoms of DVT, a potentially serious condition that can lead to a pulmonary embolism.

How is leg swelling diagnosed?

The VenafluxVenaflux team has extensive experience diagnosing and treating vein problems that cause leg swelling. They begin by carefully reviewing your symptoms and medical history and performing a physical exam. The team may also begin conservative therapy to reduce swelling and/or perform vascular ultrasound(s) to confirm a vein or vascular diagnosis.

How is leg swelling treated?

The VenafluxVenaflux team creates an individualized treatment plan for the specific cause of your leg swelling. Possible treatment options for leg swelling include:

  • Compression socks and devices
  • Leg elevation
  • Leg exercises
  • Venoactive medications
  • Blood thinning medications
  • Dietary changes like eating less sodium
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy
  • Endovenous ablation

Don’t wait to seek treatment for leg swelling. Call VenafluxVenaflux, or request an appointment online today.