Leg swelling which is also known as edema is a result of fluid retention in the lower extremities. It is not always related to varicose veins or the venous system. It can also indicate a problem with the kidneys or with the lymphatic system. Ultimately, edema is caused when fluid builds up in the legs causing them to swell. Interestingly, it is actually the tissues and blood vessels in the legs that tend to retain the fluid.
Causes of Edema
- Consuming High amounts of salt
- Long periods of inactivity
- Being overweight
- A side effect of certain medications
- Underlying medical conditions
When the kidneys are damaged, they may cause issues of edema because of extra sodium and fluid circulating. The lymphatic system is responsible for the regulation of fluid excretion. If this system is damaged, fluid retention can occur.
In the venous system, leg swelling can be an indication of varicose veins. When blood circulation is poor and the valves in the legs are malfunctioning, varicose veins can develop. These varicosities are generally swollen on the skin’s surface, and the decreased blood flow can lead to swollen legs and ankles. Treating the root cause of the problem will typically eliminate the swelling. When this swelling is accompanied by pain, it can mean that there is a larger issue at hand. This is typically related to more severe venous conditions such as deep vein thrombosis. Read more about this venous condition and why it is important to treat varicose veins on another blog, here.
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