What causes Swelling of Legs?
If you’re living with the discomfort of leg swelling in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado, Dr. Steven Kaufman and the team at Total Vein Care can help you find relief and treat the root causes.
Swelling of the legs can be caused by many factors, many of which fall into 2 categories:
These include problems such as heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease. Fluid retention includes the above causes, but sometimes the cause is not known. The swelling is usually equal in both legs.
VEIN AND LYMPHATIC CAUSES
Causes of swelling in this group often include thrombosis (blood clots such as DVT), venous insufficiency caused by a failure of the valves in the veins, and lymphedema from obstruction of the lymphatic vessels. Lymphedema can be hereditary or the result of vein disease, injury, or surgery for cancer, where lymph nodes are often removed. In this group, the swelling is usually present in only one leg or worse in one leg than the other.
The second reason legs swell is because of edema or fluid retention in bodily tissue. In addition to the swelling, edema can cause your legs to change color, feel tight or heavy, itch, or feel numb.
There are several things that cause fluid retention in the legs, some of which include:
Dr. Steven Kaufman is a board-certified surgeon and phlebologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disorders. He is Northern Colorado’s leading vein care specialist, with the education, experience, advanced training, and positive patient outcomes to make him the preferred choice for the care of your vein problem.