Swelling of Legs is also known as peripheral edema. Swelling of Legs is due to fluid accumulation in the legs, ankles or feet. Swelling of Legs is usually not painful unless it is caused by injury. Common causes of Swelling of Legs are overweight, kidney problems, standing or sitting for extended hours and hormone issues. Symptoms are:
• Swelling of feet, ankle and legs
• Heavy feeling
• Difficulty in walking
HOW IS SWELLING OF LEGS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician diagnoses Swelling of Legs by performing a blood test and X-rays to closely examine the cause of Swelling of Legs.
HOW IS SWELLING OF LEGS TREATED?
Treatment of Swelling of Legs depends on the underlying cause. If it I due to injury, then that needs to be treated. If it is due to standing or sitting for a long time, then mobility needs to be increased and the feet need to be kept at an elevated position
DID YOU KNOW?
The following tips that may help reduce swelling:
Put legs on pillows to raise them above heart while lying down.
Exercise legs. This helps pump fluid from legs back to heart.
Follow a low-salt diet, which may reduce fluid buildup and swelling.
Wear support stockings (sold at most drugstores and medical supply stores).
When traveling, take breaks often to stand up and move around.
Avoid wearing tight clothing or garters around thighs.
Lose weight if needed.
Never stop taking any medicines one may think may be causing swelling without first talking to health care provider.