Leg Swelling Specialist

The Vein Center

Thomas R. Wieters, MD

General and Vascular Surgeon located in Mount Pleasant, SC

Leg swelling could be a sign of a vascular condition and problems with your blood flow and circulatory system. A Vein Specialist and highly qualified General and Vascular Surgeon, Thomas R. Wieters, MD, has decades of experience getting to the root cause of leg swelling and provides appropriate solutions at The Vein Center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. If you’re concerned about your leg swelling and poor blood flow, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What causes leg swelling?

Leg swelling is usually related to fluid or blood buildup or inflammation in diseased or injured joints or tissues. Leg swelling can occur in any part of your legs, including the ankles, feet, calves, and thighs.

In some cases, leg swelling might be a sign of a more serious disorder, such as heart disease or a blood clot. Leg swelling that appears for no apparent reason or is accompanied by breathing difficulties and chest pain might indicate a serious lung or heart condition.

Leg swelling related to fluid buildup in the leg tissues is called peripheral edema and it’s often caused by a problem with your circulatory or lymphatic system. When your veins and valves don’t function properly, you can have poor blood flow back to your heart and blood can back up and accumulate in your leg veins (venous insufficiency). This can also lead to leg swelling.

What are the risk factors for leg swelling?

Some of the risk factors for leg swelling include:

  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Obesity and excess body weight
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Inactivity
  • Standing or sitting for a long time
  • Cardiomyopathy (a problem with the heart muscle)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Heart failure
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications

People with autoimmune diseases and widespread inflammatory health conditions are more likely to experience leg swelling due to inflammation. Leg swelling from inflammation and an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis can be especially painful.

How is leg swelling treated?

In many cases, leg swelling is attributed to venous insufficiency and problem veins that can be treated with revolutionary methods — in which veins are targeted and sealed with radiofrequency technology or medical sclerosing agents — like ClosureFast™ and chemical ablation.

If you have questions about leg swelling and venous insufficiency, call The Vein Center or book your appointment with Dr. Wieters online.