Leg Swelling

Swelling of the lower legs, ankles and feet is a relatively common problem affecting both men and women in the later years of life. Leg swelling can be a relatively harmless condition for some, but can indicate a more serious underlying medical condition in others. It is always a good idea to have persistent leg swelling evaluated by a vascular specialist who can give you an accurate diagnosis and potential treatment options for your condition.


Causes of Leg Swelling

Potential causes of leg swelling include:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting or standing
  • Some types of medication
  • Pregnancy
  • Damaged leg veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Kidney failure
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Congestive heart failure

While some causes of leg swelling are fairly minor, others can be serious and even life-threatening. Early diagnosis is a key component to treatment options that are less invasive and more effective.


Treatment for Leg Swelling

Treatment for leg swelling depends on the reason behind the symptom. At Northwest Vascular & Vein, we provide treatment for damaged leg veins to achieve healthier blood flow and eliminate painful symptoms like leg swelling. Treatment options include:

Sclerotherapy – Injections of a sclerosing agent are placed directly into the affected vein, causing the vein to seal shut and eventually fade from view.

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy – Similar to traditional sclerotherapy, only ultrasound technology is used to locate affected veins deeper below the surface of the skin. A thicker foam solution is injected that is more effective in addressing larger varicose veins.

EVLT – Endovenous laser therapy uses laser energy to seal affected veins closed so blood can be rerouted through healthy veins nearby.

Dr. Clark and Dr. Woloson offer the latest technology for both diagnosing and treating the causes of leg swelling. To learn more about our office or your treatment options, contact Northwest Vascular & Vein.