Spider and varicose vein doctors in NJ are concerned about a trend they see among many of their patients with swollen legs and ankles. The doctors have noticed that their patients tend to dismiss swollen legs and ankles as a temporary problem or as something inevitable related to aging, especially if there are no visible varicose veins or spider veins.
What should Paramus, NJ patients know about the causes and consequences of swollen legs and ankles?
It’s true that occasionally a couple of days of swelling can be caused by standing or walking too much, and the condition will disappear after a few days of rest and elevation of the legs. However, long term or chronic swollen legs and ankles (of more than a few days’ duration) may be the result of chronic venous insufficiency, which is another term for vein disease. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the walls and valves of our veins weaken, due to aging, heredity, or various lifestyle factors, resulting in an impaired ability to transport blood all the way from our feet back up the legs to the heart. When this happens, blood may start pooling in the legs, which can result in the swelling and sometimes, visible varicose veins on the legs. However, swollen legs and ankles are an important symptom of this condition.
Initial symptoms may be mild and include aching and a heavy feeling in the legs. However, left untreated, vein disease can have some serious consequences. For example, deep vein thrombosis refers to blood clots deep in the veins of the legs. You may not know you have a blood clot due to the swelling. If the clot breaks free, however, and travels up to the heart, lungs or brain, it could become a deadly embolism. Another possible consequence of untreated vein disease is leg ulceration, which is a difficult and painful condition that is difficult to cure.
What can a Bergen County vein specialist do to help me get better?
Dr. John Chuback, one of the best vein doctors in NJ, has all the latest technologies for diagnosis, so he can quickly determine if your swollen legs and ankles are merely a temporary condition due to overuse of your body, or if they are the result of underlying vein disease. This examination is painless and quick, and wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to know for sure? And if it is vein disease, the good news is that there are now several minimally invasive treatment options we can perform right in our comfortable Paramus, NJ office, with no need to visit a hospital or experience lengthy recovery times. These treatments include sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, and endovenous laser treatment, and they are highly effective at treating diseased veins, relieving swollen legs and ankles, and making our patients feel much better indeed.
So why wait? If you have swollen legs and ankles, find out if they need treatment quickly and easily Chuback Medical Group. We are dedicated to helping our patients obtain the best results possible in terms of both health and aesthetics. Give our office a call at 201-693-4847 to visit or set up an appointment for an initial consultation. We look forward to meeting you.