Leg Swelling Specialist

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic

General and Vascular Surgery located in Cumming, GA, Johns Creek, GA, Lawrenceville, GA, & Roswell, GA

Eating too many salty foods can certainly lead to leg swelling, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet. But leg swelling can also develop from more serious conditions related to your blood vessels. The experienced team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic, with offices in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia, can examine your leg swelling and determine if your blood vessels are to blame and provide the most effective treatment. For an evaluation, call today or request an appointment online.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What is leg swelling?

Leg swelling develops from fluid retention. You may experience leg swelling if you’re pregnant, on your feet for too long, or have a heart condition such as congestive heart failure.

If you’re experiencing leg swelling and you don’t know the underlying cause, it may be related to your blood vessels, which help transport blood and fluid to and from your legs. If your arteries or veins aren’t working properly to move your blood and fluid, you may develop leg swelling.

What vascular conditions cause leg swelling?

If you suspect your leg swelling is due to a problem with your vascular system, the experienced team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic can conduct a thorough examination to identify the underlying cause. Common vascular causes of leg swelling include:

Deep vein thrombosis

A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in your leg, which may impair blood flow and increase the likelihood of leg swelling. A DVT requires close monitoring and treatment because if it dislodges you may be at an increased risk of a developing a pulmonary embolism, which can be life-threatening.

Venous insufficiency

If the valves in your veins aren’t working properly they may have a difficult time pushing your blood against gravity back to your heart and lungs for reoxygenation. With venous insufficiency, you may notice the fluids gather around your ankles and lower legs.

Thrombophlebitis

Thrombophlebitis is an inflammatory condition that leads to the development of a blood clot in a vein closer to your skin. You may experience swelling and redness at the site of the inflammation.

The experts at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic may run specials tests, such as an ultrasound or MRI, to determine the underlying cause of your leg swelling.

How is leg swelling treated?

Treatment for your leg swelling is individualized and targets the underlying cause. Your specialist creates the most effective treatment for your leg swelling that reduces your symptoms and improves overall blood flow to your lower extremities.

Your treatment may include:

  • Compression stockings
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Medication to break up blood clots
  • Specialized procedures to treat the affected vein

You may be experiencing leg swelling for any number of reasons. The vascular experts at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic are known for their clinical excellence and patient care. For diagnosis and management of your leg swelling, call today or request an appointment online.