Ok, if you’re reading this there is a good chance you’ve begun to experience swollen legs and ankles, and too often to believe that the swelling is due to an injury, a sprain, or just “normal aging.” You’ve also probably read that swelling in the legs and ankles is often a symptom of vein disease. This is especially true if the swelling persists for some time, or is a recurring condition. So in this article a top vein specialist in Bergen County, Dr. John Chuback will answer some of your questions.
What New Jersey residents should know about swollen legs and ankles
Whatever its cause, the actual swelling occurs because of a buildup of fluid in the tissues of your legs, referred to as peripheral edema. This in turn is often caused by a problem with your circulation. In a healthy circulatory system, your arteries convey nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to your extremities, and your veins pump deoxygenated blood and waste products back to your heart and lungs for renewal. Arteries have their own internal muscles to pump blood, but veins rely on a series of tiny, one-way valves that open and close to allow blood to pass through, and then close to keep it from flowing backwards.
Vein disease occurs when these valves become “leaky” and fail to close properly, which allows blood to flow back into the veins and pool there. This condition, called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, is the primary cause of varicose veins, but is often the most likely cause of chronically swollen legs and ankles. Left untreated, the swelling caused by CVI can quickly become so painful that you can become effectively disabled, unable to walk. CVI also impairs your immune system, increasing your risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Another dangerous side effect of chronic leg swelling is inactivity
If you fail to seek treatment for swollen legs and ankles from a top vein specialist in Bergen County, the pain associated with them can become so intense that you stop exercising, and become inactive. This has been identified in recent years as one of the greatest dangers to good health, because inactivity increases your likelihood of death from all causes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that inactivity kills more people worldwide per year than smoking.
So what can you do about swelling in your legs and ankles?
If the swelling has persisted more than a few days, the most important thing you should do is contact a New Jersey vein expert and have a venous health screening. These screening are painless, non-invasive, and take only about an hour, but they can either rule out the presence of vein disease quickly, or detect the presence of CVI and other venous disorders. If the swelling turns out to be caused by vein disease, the best vein treatment center in New Jersey can propose fast, painless, minimally-invasive treatments that can eliminate it and restore your legs and your circulation to their normal state of health.
So if you want to do something about your swollen legs and ankles other than complain about them, pick up your telephone and call Chuback Medical Group today at 201-693-4847 or go online to get the process started.