Several different conditions and injuries can cause leg swelling, many of which are severe. If your legs are swollen and you don’t know why, Augustine Eze, MD, FACS, assesses your symptoms and performs diagnostic tests to find the cause at Metroview Vascular & Surgical, with locations in Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina. He treats the underlying cause of your leg swelling to improve your overall health instead of simply masking the symptoms. For more information about leg swelling, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical, or book an appointment online today.
Leg swelling, or peripheral edema, happens when fluids build up in the tissues of your legs. This can happen for many reasons, so you should talk to a doctor if it persists to find out what’s causing it if you don’t already know. Some conditions that can cause leg swelling, include:
Leg swelling can also happen after spending a lot of time in one position, either standing or sitting or when you’ve been walking around all day. It’s common to find that you have swollen legs after getting off of a long plane ride or sitting for hours in a car. In cases like these, leg swelling is no cause for concern and should go away quickly.
Your leg swelling may or may not come with other symptoms. Often, leg swelling causes numbness or pain in your leg or skin issues like rashes and itching.
Leg swelling is rarely an emergency, but there are a few cases in which you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Eze at Metroview Vascular & Surgical for an evaluation and possible treatment. You should visit Dr. Eze if you’ve tried these home measures and the swelling doesn’t go down:
You should seek emergency care if you have leg swelling with chest pain, trouble breathing, fainting, or coughing up blood. Of course, you should also find emergency care if you know that your leg swelling is due to an injury, like a bone fracture.
To choose the best treatment for your leg swelling, Dr. Eze asks about your medical history and current medications you take. He might also perform some diagnostic tests to find the cause. He might use ultrasound imaging to view the flow of your blood through your leg in real-time, or he might take an X-ray.
Once he finds the underlying condition causing your leg swelling, Dr. Eze treats it. He may prescribe certain medications like diuretics to help control the swelling in the meantime or recommend that you wear compression socks to boost your blood flow.
To find out more about leg swelling, the conditions that cause it, and treatments for it, book an appointment by phone or online at Metroview Vascular & Surgical today.