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Leg Swelling / Skin Changes

Conditions and diseases that affect leg veins often are accompanied by signs you can easily see, such as swelling in your legs or changes in your skin’s appearance. At our Jacksonville vein clinic, we can evaluate your symptoms to determine if vein disease is a factor, and develop a personalized treatment plan.

What to know about swelling in your legs.

The abnormal collection of fluid in leg tissues can result in swelling and may be caused by poor blood circulation. Swelling is often accompanied by a tired or heavy feeling in the legs, which can lead to inactivity due to the discomfort. In turn, inactivity can compound the problem and the swelling can increase.

Swelling may also be accompanied by cramping after standing for long periods, aching, or restless legs syndrome. Raised or bulging veins, which can be a sign of varicose veins, may also be present.

You should seek prompt medical attention for swelling in your legs, since it may be a sign of serious, underlying vein disease. Our vascular care experts can assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. Most of our treatments are minimally invasive and require little recovery time.

Facts about leg swelling:

  • Swelling that suddenly appears, particularly in just one leg, should be evaluated as soon as possible as it may indicate the presence of a dangerous blood clot.
  • A number of conditions and diseases can cause legs to swell, including vein disease.
  • Varicose veins are a common cause of leg swelling.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be the cause of leg swelling.

What skin changes may indicate.

When vein disease worsens, blood can pool in your legs. This pooled blood will start to affect the surrounding tissues under the skin, leading to discoloration or a stain.

These skin changes can appear at various stages of vein disease. A discolored spot that appears as a brown stain may indicate advanced stages of venous disease. Over time, the spot can be the beginning of an ulcer, which should be promptly evaluated. Left untreated, ulcers can become increasingly painful and may become infected. Our physicians will evaluate changes in your skin to determine if vein disease is the cause.

Contact us for evaluation and treatment.

Our physicians are board-certified in Interventional Radiology and offer comprehensive care for a range of vascular conditions and diseases. If you are experiencing swelling in your legs or changes in your skin, please contact us or request an appointment.

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