Leg Swelling

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

There are several underlying conditions that can cause leg swelling. The board-certified vascular specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, offer on-site diagnostic testing to uncover the root cause of swollen legs. The physicians also have extensive experience in customizing a treatment plan to reduce swelling in your legs and treat the underlying cause. Find out more about your treatment options for persistent leg swelling by calling the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What causes leg swelling?

Leg swelling may be the first indication you have an underlying heart or circulatory problem. Often, swelling in your legs is the result of fluid buildup from standing or sitting for too long or from wearing pants that are too tight. 

You may also experience frequent leg swelling due to the excess pressure on your legs from being overweight or obese. However, persistent leg swelling may be a warning sign of an underlying health condition like:

  • Heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Heart inflammation (pericarditis)
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Venous insufficiency

Women may also experience leg swelling due to hormone changes during pregnancy or while undergoing hormone therapy to treat menopause-related symptoms. 

When should I seek treatment for leg swelling?

It’s vital that you seek immediate medical care if you have leg swelling and symptoms like:

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood

These symptoms can be an indication you have a blood clot that requires emergency treatment to prevent long-term health complications and premature death.

If you have occasional swelling in your legs, the team at Comprehensive Vascular Care recommends a diagnostic evaluation to identify underlying health conditions that require treatment. 

How is leg swelling treated?

Initially, you can try treating your swollen legs at home by elevating your affected leg while resting and making a point to take breaks when you sit or stand for long periods. You can also reduce your salt intake and wear compression stockings to help improve blood circulation in your legs.

If these treatments aren’t enough to reduce leg swelling, your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider can customize a treatment plan that addresses the underlying cause of the swelling. This may include medications to thin your blood and improve circulation or help your body eliminate excess fluids. 

If you have a blood clot, deep vein thrombosis, or venous insufficiency, your provider may recommend surgery. The Comprehensive Vascular Care surgical team has over 20 years of experience in treating a variety of vascular conditions with the latest open and endovascular surgical techniques. 

Following your treatment or surgery, your Comprehensive Vascular Care physician works closely with you to reduce your risk for additional leg swelling. This may include dietary changes to lower your salt intake and an increase in daily exercise to improve your circulatory and overall heart health. 

To find out more about available treatments for leg swelling, call the Comprehensive Vascular Care office nearest you or book an appointment online today.