Leg Swelling Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

Chronic leg swelling is often a sign of vein problems like varicose veins or venous insufficiency. Unfortunately, leg swelling can make everything uncomfortable, from standing to walking. It often goes along with other issues like leg heaviness and tiredness. When you’re dealing with these symptoms, it’s important to know that cutting-edge answers await you at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, serving all of San Diego County. Get relief from leg swelling now by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What causes leg swelling?

Leg swelling develops when you retain fluid under your skin. There are a number of different reasons for leg swelling, including pregnancy, medication, and chronic diseases like congestive heart failure. But a type of vascular disease known as chronic venous insufficiency is one of the most common. 

When you have chronic venous insufficiency, your veins don't work properly. They don't push blood up to your heart, which leads to blood accumulation and leg swelling. 

How can I tell if vein disease caused my leg swelling?

If you have leg swelling due to vein disease, you may notice a few main signs.

Localized swelling

Leg swelling related to vein disease usually occurs only in the legs. With other conditions that cause leg swelling, the swelling often affects other parts of the body as well. 

New veins

New veins — which can include either large twisted varicose veins or threadlike flat spider veins — are a common sign of chronic venous insufficiency, so they often go along with leg swelling.

Leg tiredness

Tired-feeling or aching legs is a quite common symptom of vein disease like chronic venous insufficiency, so it often occurs alongside leg swelling.

If you have leg swelling, particularly if it goes along with the symptoms above, it's time to see the specialists at Vascular Associates of San Diego for an evaluation.

How is leg swelling evaluated?

At Vascular Associates of San Diego, highly trained and certified vascular technicians use state-of-the-art duplex scanners to evaluate your symptoms in the comfortable vascular lab. 

Your doctor also conducts a full exam and reviews your medical history to determine the cause of your leg swelling. 

How is leg swelling treated?

You can use compression hosiery and take some other simple measures to minimize swelling, but to permanently ease your symptoms, you need to treat the underlying cause of leg swelling. When you have vein disease, this may include treatments such as:

  • VNUS Closure® or Venclose™ radiofrequency ablation
  • VenaSeal™ adhesive vein closure
  • Varithena™ foam sclerotherapy

Vascular Associates of San Diego offers these minimally invasive treatments right in the office for your convenience. This allows you to treat the underlying cause of your leg swelling without major surgery or significant downtime.

For expert help with leg swelling, call the Vascular Associates of San Diego office or use the online appointment maker now.