Swollen Legs & Ankles Will Make You Question Everything: Here’s Why

edemaIf your life is affected by achy or swollen legs & ankles, you may begin to question many of your choices. Instead of engaging in activities you used to love, you may find yourself choosing to stay home on the couch. Rather than wearing attractive clothes that you enjoy, you may decide to cover up your legs. You may even find yourself wondering if vein treatment may end up being a good choice of action. There are many questions that arise when dealing with leg and ankle swelling: fortunately, there are an equal amount of answers.

Common questions asked by patients with swollen legs & ankles

One of the most common questions asked by someone suffering from leg and ankle pain or swelling is “why do my legs hurt?” While there are a number of potential causes for leg discomfort, one of the more common is a breakdown in a vein’s ability to effectively transport blood out of the legs and back to the heart. In a normally functioning vein, tiny one-way valves and pressure caused by elastic vein walls encourage blood to move against the force of gravity up to the heart. Age, heredity, and lifestyle factors can all have an impact on your vein health and may lead to inefficiency in vein function. Instead of transporting blood upstream, the vein allows fluids to flow backwards, potentially pooling in the ankles. This backflow often causes ankle swelling and pain, as well as other symptoms such as varicose veins.

Many patients with this condition (known as chronic venous insufficiency) go on to ask about what they can do to alleviate their symptoms. Patients have a number of treatment choices, including conservative and surgical measures. Dr. John Chuback often encourages his patients to begin with conservative measures. This form of treatment focuses on making lifestyle changes that lead to healthier veins. As an example, a sedentary lifestyle is a common risk factor for vein disease. By engaging in a regular exercise regimen you can help keep your veins from deteriorating further and encourage proper circulation, further reducing your swelling and discomfort. You may also be encouraged to manage your weight, wear compression hose, and avoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time as part of your conservative treatment regimen.

After giving conservative treatments a try, you may find yourself asking if these steps are enough. For some patients they are, but others may wish to attempt surgical intervention. Unlike historical methods of vein treatment, today’s procedures are considered minimally invasive, allowing you to treat your circulation issues quickly, safely, and with little to no discomfort. Most patients enjoy a very short and mild recovery period: many are able to return to their daily activities shortly after their procedure. Talk with your vein doctor to learn more about if a minimally invasive treatment is the right choice for you.

Dealing with swollen legs & ankles can bring many questions to your mind. Fortunately, all of these questions can be easily answered with the help of the Chuback Medical Group. Our vein center is dedicated to ensuring our patients have the information they need to make informed decisions about their vascular health. If you are interested in getting answers to all of your vein-related questions, do not hesitate to give our Bergen County office a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

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