Leg swelling (oedema) is fluid retention within the tissue of your leg and may be experienced as ankle swelling or swelling in the lower leg or foot. Your skin may look shiny or you may notice indentations remain in your leg when you remove your socks.
Leg swelling can be caused by varicose veins as well as multiple other underlying causes such as liver, kidney or heart failure. If not addressed, leg swelling can cause pain, stiffness, itchiness, skin infection, scarring and impaired walking.
Leg swelling happens when blood vessels leak fluid into the tissues of the leg. The lower leg, ankle or foot then accumulates the excess fluid as a result of gravity, causing them to swell. There are many underlying causes as to why fluid may be leaking into the leg, including:
In order to identify the most appropriate treatment, your doctor must first diagnose the cause of your leg swelling. At Palm Clinic this is done by taking your medical history and doing a physical examination, then ordering the relevant investigations to confirm the diagnosis.
You doctor will screen for all causes of leg swelling and if it’s likely that the cause is varicose veins, an ultrasound map of your veins will be taken to confirm this and inform a plan for your treatment.
At Palm Clinic we are leaders in the treatment of varicose veins in Auckland, NZ ,having treated over 10,000 patients. We offer the most advanced treatment technology and non-surgical techniques, meaning you won’t be subject to general anesthetic, scarring or a lengthy, painful recovery.
In most cases, varicose vein treatment is a straightforward walk-in, walk-out procedure requiring no time off work or away from doing the things you enjoy.
Our varicose vein treatment options include:
Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA): RFA is radiofrequency treatment and considered the gold-standard approach for treating varicose veins. It provides the longest lasting results and causes the least discomfort, making it our primary treatment recommendation. Read more.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS): Pioneered in NZ by Palm Clinic’s founder, Dr. John Barrett, this technique uses an ultrasound to guide small injections of a solution called sclerosant into the affected vein, causing it to close down and alleviating symptoms. Read more.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA): This remains a very effective technique but has recently been superceded by Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) which provides longer lasting results and less discomfort. Read more.
It is important to understand that although treatment of varicose veins will often improve leg swelling, it will often not achieve a complete resolution of the swelling, particularly if there is a degree of lymphoedema present.
Additional measures that we may suggest to improve leg swelling include:
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