Chronic Foot & Leg Swelling Treatment Q & A

If You Are Experiencing Pain, Swelling or Fluid Retention In Your Legs and Feet, It May Be a Sign of Chronic Venous Insufficiency or Lymphedema. Our Experienced Podiatrists Can Help Diagnose and Treat These Conditions So That You Can Feel Better. Call Our Foot Clinic at (415) 212-7740 or Visit Us Today at 1600 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115 and Walk Out Pain Free.

Chronic Foot & Leg Swelling Treatment Q & A

Chronic Foot & Leg Swelling Treatment Q & A

You might have swelling in your ankles and feet. While this seems like it could have arisen from overactivity, it could be a sign of something more serious. Magdalena Blasko diagnoses and treats patients who suffer from chronic venous insufficiency & lymphedema in San Francisco, CA and the surrounding area.

Definition of Venous Insufficiency

Your veins and arteries work to carry blood from your heart throughout the rest of your body. In order to prevent blood from flowing the wrong way in your veins, you have valves. Once these valves start to wear out, your blood may not flow properly. This could lead to blood pooling in your legs.
When you have venous insufficiency, you might notice swelling in your ankles, feet, or legs. Pain, tightness, and cramping are possible, too. Usually, the pain worsens when you stand. Sometimes, you have skin discoloration in your leg and ankles. Some people experience leg ulcers and varicose veins.

Definition of Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when you have blockage in your lymphatic system. It causes lymph fluid to drain poorly, which leads to fluid building up. As a result, you experience swelling in your legs and feet.

People with lymphedema might have a heavy or tight feeling in their legs. This condition can restrict motion and cause aches, pain, and discomfort. Some individuals have hardening of their skin and experience frequent infections.

Diagnosing Venous Insufficiency or Lymphedema

The first step to diagnosing venous insufficiency or lymphedema is collecting information about your medical history. Our podiatrists inquire about your symptoms as well. In order to accurately diagnose your issue, we must conduct imaging. For instance, our physician may order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. It uses radio waves to generate 3D images of your tissue. Another option is a computed tomography (CT) scan. It uses X-ray technology to produce cross-sectional images of the inside of your body. It can expose blockage in your lymphatic system. We could also use ultrasound or radionuclide technology. When we use ultrasound technology, we test to see how fast your blood flows as well as the direction in which it flows.

Treating Lymphedema or Venous Insufficiency

We offer various methods to help treat lymphedema and venous insufficiency. For either one, we may prescribe a special type of stocking you wear on your feet, that extend up your legs. They squeeze your legs to keep the blood flowing in the right direction. If we prescribe stockings for lymphedema, they push the lymph into the lymph vessels, so it circulates and doesn’t build up in your legs. It’s possible our podiatrist will recommend you use lymphedema wraps, which is when we bandage your legs. The bandages reduce swelling by forcing the lymph to flow from the area.

In some cases, our podiatrist may need to prescribe a medication to correct the problem. For example, our specialist may recommend you take a diuretic to alleviate excess fluid in your legs and feet. Sometimes, our podiatrist will prescribe a medication to encourage blood flow throughout your body. This reduces the prevalence of blood accumulation in your ankles, feet, and legs.

Often, lifestyle advice is given during your treatment. We educate you on ways you can encourage blood flow or reduce swelling such as by elevating your feet and legs. We’ll recommend the best types of footwear, so you can reduce pain and discomfort when you’re walking. In some cases, we may need to refer you to a surgeon to correct the problem.
Schedule an appointment with Magdalena Blasko for lymphedema, venous insufficiency, or any other cause of leg or foot swelling by calling (415) 212-7740.

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