Leg swelling can increase your discomfort and even become painful. While most of us have experienced the occasional swollen ankles after a plane flight, for some of us the problem persists more frequently and severely.

Q: I’m experiencing swelling in my legs, ankles, and feet. Someone recently said that this could be related to vein issues. Is this true?

A: While not all swelling is linked to vein issues, it is in fact true that venous insufficiency can indeed cause swelling, sometimes very extreme, painful swelling.

Swollen ankles and feet

Causes of Swelling (Edema) Related to Vein Health

Circulatory issues can cause accumulation of fluid in your legs. This swelling from poor circulation is called edema. This form of venous disease is more severe when malfunctioning valves in veins start to allow blood to pool, increasing pressure in veins. When fluid then seeps out into your surrounding soft tissues and accumulates, the edema can become very uncomfortable.

Causes of Swelling in legs

Edema - swelling of the legs, ankles and feet

Swollen legs and feet can sometimes just make you feel achy and stiff without being excessively visible. Regardless of how visible it is, you shouldn’t have to accept this as your new normal. Leg swelling can also have more severe symptoms including heaviness, tight or warm skin, stiff joints, and even pain.

Edema that has been caused by circulatory issues is easy to treat if caught early. Unfortunately, if allowed to continue without treatment, it can develop into much more complicated issues that can even be life-threatening.

Treatment Options for Vein Health-Related Swelling

The best path forward in health is to make an appointment for a free consult. Treatment options we offer include, but aren’t limited to:

Massage can help reduce swelling

  • Movement: Many types of even mild exercise can reduce symptoms of vein insufficiency
  • Reduce Salt: Reducing your sodium intake may also help minimize edema in your legs
  • Endovenous Ablation: This is a less-invasive treatment which involves heating veins from within by a tiny needle stick so they collapse and are eventually reabsorbed by your body

Finding the Cause of Your Swelling

Before a treatment path can be determined, we must first determine what is causing your swelling. Our highly trained, award-winning medical staff will determine the cause of your leg, ankle and feet swelling before recommending a treatment program. The underlying cause of your edema may not be related to vein health.

Our team will use a color duplex ultrasound exam to identify whether the edema is caused by venous disease or not so the doctor can determine the most effective treatment.

Ultrasound Color Doppler examination of veins

Ultrasound Doppler for finding vein issues

Ultrasound Examination of Leg Veins

Ultrasound Examination of Leg Veins

If you are suffering from swelling and would like to find out what is causing it, schedule a consultation today.


  1. February 13, 2020 at 6:11 AM

    How would you lessen growing in veins? and what is the solution for that , is their any treatments to resolve this?

    • Vincent Gardner-Reply
      May 4, 2020 at 2:47 AM

      Varicose veins or venous insufficiency, by and large, is a genetic problem so it is impossible to eliminate it. There are conservative measures that can be used to decrease or slow the progression of venous disease. This includes intermittent leg elevation periodically during the day, keeping a healthy weight, regular exercise that engages the calf muscle pump, and gradient compression stockings worn regularly. Additionally, there are some flavonoid supplements that act as a venotonic. This is also seen with the use of the horse chestnut supplement. The other treatments would be venous procedures to eliminate vein disease such as endovenous thermal ablation, endovenous chemical ablation and microphlebectomy.

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