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How could I prevent swollen ankles and varicose veins?

How could I prevent swollen ankles and varicose veins?

A few things: Regular exercise, good supportive shoes, avoid excess sodium intake in the diet. If you do a lot of standing, wearing compressive stockings can be of help. ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more


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I have varicose veins and it has my leg swollen and in pain to the point that it hurts to walk. What do I take to help the pain?

I have varicose veins and it has my leg swollen and in pain to the point that it hurts to walk. What do I take to help the pain?

Evaluate first: First see a phlebolgist for evaluation of the problem. It is most important to first make sure that there is no deep vein thrombosis. If the problem is due to superficial venous insufficiency there are number of treatments that are possible including ablation of the abnormal veins using a laser, radiofrequency, or sclerotherapy. In the meantime conservative treatment includes leg elevation and compression stockings. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful. However it is very important to have an evaluation to make sure there is no underlying severe abnormality. ...Read more

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I had my varicose veins stripped in November. I am now experiencing a swollen bruise on the leg. Could this be dangerous?

I had my varicose veins stripped in November. I am now experiencing a swollen bruise on the leg. Could this be dangerous?

Sounds like: A common post surgical issue. See your surgeon (I assume he/she is a vascular surgeon) and check it ou. For NOW apply heat gently and a daily Aspirin may help.

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Very hard, swollen veins all over right leg. Not painful, color is normal. Not twisted like varicose veins, but straight. I'm a 16 years old boy.

Very hard, swollen veins all over right leg. Not painful, color is normal. Not twisted like varicose veins, but straight. I'm a 16 years old boy.

Leg Veins: I cannot answer your questions based on your explanation alone. This could be a serious vein condition, particularly due to your your age. You should seek immediate attention from a physician and get an ultrasound of your leg veins to make sure you don't have a blood clot or thrombophlebitis of the leg veins. A vascular specialist, such as a vascular surgeon, may need to examine your leg as well ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If I had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?

I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If I had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?

Swelling sometimes: You are female, 20 years old and have vericose veins. You are taking birth control pills and are concerned about deep vein thrombosis (dvt). If you have a DVT sometimes the leg gets swollen and/or may become tender. Your doctor can order a noninvasive test to look at the deep veins of the legs for a dvt. Vericose vein are in the superficial veins so are not dvt. ...Read more

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Woke up with red spots on lower legs, have varicose veins, swollen ankles, and take high blood pressure meds?

Woke up with red spots on lower legs, have varicose veins, swollen ankles, and take high blood pressure meds?

Need to be examined: With your history we can not tell you what caused the red spots and it needs to be examined by your doctor
so make an appointment and see your doctor. ...Read more

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I was out side and felt as if I got stung by a bee. When I looked at my leg their was a large bump on my varicose vein. Leg was swollen and hot.?

I was out side and felt as if I got stung by a bee. When I looked at my leg their was a large bump on my varicose vein. Leg was swollen and hot.?

Phlebitis: Superficial phlebitis is not uncommon specially if you have varicose veins, you need to have an ultrasound and if the process does not extend into the upper thigh the treatment is aspirin, antiinflammatories and compression. Once recovered you need to see a phlebologist for therapy of varicose veins to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Why is my left foot and ankle so swollen. Have vericos veins and looks purpleish down foot. Had cramp on inside of lft thigh. Hands and legs get numb.

Why is my left foot and ankle so swollen. Have vericos veins and looks purpleish down foot. Had cramp on inside of lft thigh. Hands and legs get numb.

Vein problems: You are having vein problems beside your varicoses vein, your deep vein system is not working as good as it supposed to be, that why you are having the swelling and the discoloration.
you need to wear knee high pressure stocking all the time, you can takes them off while you are in bed and while you are keeping your legs elevated.
avoid long standing, and sitting, walk frequently. And keep your legs up. ...Read more

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Had varicose veins stripped in Nov. Now a swollen bruised hard area has appeared. Any concerns?

Had varicose veins stripped in Nov. Now a swollen bruised hard area has appeared. Any concerns?

Post stripping lump.: Following vein stripping or microphlebectomies blood can be trapped under the skin and over time become hard and feel like a "lump". This is usually a hematoma and responds to wet heat and ibuprofen. Other things can cause this so it would be prudent for you to follow up with your treating physician. ...Read more

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I have some light varicose veins and “brawny” skin discoloration near my right ankle (small area). Which specialist (s) could treat this problem? How?

I have some light varicose veins and “brawny” skin discoloration near my right ankle (small area). Which specialist (s) could treat this problem? How?

Surgeon, vein special: Venous reflux treated by several office procedures. I prefer Venefit, which is destruction of bad veins. Very well tolerated. ...Read more

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What causes reddish discoloration above both ankles (but no pain)? I don't have varicose veins either. Are compression sleeves helpful?

Many Things: Many things can cause a reddish discoloration in the legs. I would recommend evaluation by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What would cause several varicose veins to suddenly appear on legs? Also have sudden onset of patches of spider veins around ankles

What would cause several varicose veins to suddenly appear on legs? Also have sudden onset of patches of spider veins around ankles

Unhealthy valves: Varicose veins can appear at any time in life. They are caused by unhealthy valves in the veinsThrse valves can leak and blood falls back due to incompetency and gravity makes blood gathered in the veins and they get to be seen bulging and engorged.Spider veins are varicosity in smaller superficial veins. These can run in families, so there is genetic predisposition here. ...Read more

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My husband is an alcoholic, he has pain and swollen ankles. He also has broken veins in inner arch of feet and shins. What could this be?

My husband is an alcoholic, he has pain and swollen ankles. He also has broken veins in inner arch of feet and shins. What could this be?

Alcoholic: If you and others are aware that your husband is an alcoholic you must have him taken (or take him yourself) to a doctor who will decide how your husband can be treated.
Husband won't be happy but he must be sent to a facility that will help him control his drinking.
Tough times but critical. ...Read more

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I have varicose veins and “brawny” skin discoloration near my right ankle. What are various ways to relieve, eliminate, and prevent it to get worse?

I have varicose veins and “brawny” skin discoloration near my right ankle. What are various ways to relieve, eliminate, and prevent it to get worse?

Stockings: Medical grade compression stockings (15-20 mm Hg or higher) will help with symptoms but to eliminate the veins you need to see a phlebologist or vascular surgeon. You need a venous ultrasound to see if you have saphenous vein insufficiency and if so get it treated with a procedure called ELAS. Google it but it is very straight forward ...Read more

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What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health (some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

What are the diagnosis possibilities for a female in relatively good health (some varicose veins)but that has swelling in one leg by knee cap and ankle?

Many Possiblities: Could be related to your vein disease, but also many other possibilities. Some possible venous reasons could be venous reflux disease, phlebitis, blood clots (DVT or SVT), or May-Thurner disease. Also have to worry about pelvic pathology causing compression of veins or lymphatics. Could be lymphedema. Could be arthritis or joint inflammation. Hormonal imbalances. Could be soft tissue inflammation ...Read more

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The past two months my left ankle swells up after drinking beer. I also have varicose veins in my left calf. Does one have to do with the other?

The past two months my left ankle swells up after drinking beer. I also have varicose veins in my left calf. Does one have to do with the other?

Possibly: Patients with varicose veins have venous hypertension buildup inside their leg veins which often leads to accumulation of tissue fluid around the ankle on the affected side. When you drink fluids, even more fluid will accumulate in the tissues abnormally. Unless the varicose veins & venous hypertension is fixed, the condition tends to worsen with time. Seek opinion from a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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32wks preg have severe painful varicose veins in labia (and on legs)they r constantly swollen and painful nothing takes the pain away. Any ideas?

32wks preg have severe painful varicose veins in labia (and on legs)they r constantly swollen and painful nothing takes the pain away. Any ideas?

Varicose veins: These are common with pregnancy
Support/compression maternity pantyhose are very helpful
Important to put these on before legs are dependent to get the best outcome
Sometimes a vbrace may also be used if genital area varies are causing discomfort
Discuss with your ob ...Read more

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I have swollen ankles pain around ankles up back of legs red raised lumps 2, on each knee sore to touch turn to bruise next day vericous veins?

I have swollen ankles pain around ankles up back of legs red raised lumps 2, on each knee sore to touch turn to bruise next day vericous veins?

Have it looked at: A sprain injury can result in redness, bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability of the involved area. An x-ray will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Pain in ball of foot connected to varicose veins?

Pain in ball of foot connected to varicose veins?

Pain in foot: The pain in the ball of the foot is unlikely due to varicose veins, even though he may have varicose veins. More likely reason for the pain may be due to a localized foot issue, and as such I would recommend evaluation by podiatrist. Also trauma to the area may be the source of this pain, again podiatrist would be able to determine that. ...Read more

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I have leg varicose veins. What shall I do to get rid of them.?

I have leg varicose veins. What shall I do to get rid of them.?

Leg Varicose Veins: See a vein specialist (vascular surgeon). You truly need to be adequately evaluated by a vein expert to give you the correct answer. The first step is usually a venous reflux ultrasound of your leg veins (to create a MAP of your veins & identify the underlying cause). After this is done, the physian can offer a treatment plan which often involves thermal ablation (evlt or venefit) or phlebectomy. ...Read more

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Varicose veins are hot and spreading to top of foot? Is this normal?

Varicose veins are hot and spreading to top of foot? Is this normal?

Varicose veins: This is not normal. This increased warmth and noticeable veins may be due to vein abnormality further up the leg with blood flow regurgitation causing pulling in the foot. Evaluation by a venous Doppler-sonogram would identify if there is a vein reflux problem, and if so it should be treated. If it is firm to touch and red, urgent evaluation to determine if this is a blood clot. ...Read more

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Varicose veins getting worst. Having black spots on my leg already spreading. Is this serious?

Varicose veins getting worst. Having black spots on my leg already spreading. Is this serious?

Maybe: Skin discoloration can be a sign serious vein problems, usually dark brown, or dark red. These skin lesions can lead to ulceration. You need to have a duplex ultrasound and work up by someone experienced in vein disease. Once treated, many times the skin will become healthy again, and sometimes even become more normal in appearance. ...Read more

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I have varicose veins in right leg im going to have radio frequency done are there any risk while having it done or after?

I have varicose veins in right leg im going to have radio frequency done are there any risk while having it done or after?

Absolutely: Your physician needs to clearly explain these risks to you. Give him or her another opportunity to inform you and earn your confidence. ...Read more

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I have varicose veins on my right leg. I'm doing a charity event in july, walking 100km in under 30 hours, will this cause any problems?

Well,: Walk ing is good for the venous circulation but what ur up too is not a simple thing. I would suggest why don't get them fixed, plenty time to july. If not, have with you a pair of surgical support stocking knee level and open toe and if needed put them on if pain or swelling sets in. Have rubber kitchen gloves and baby powder to help putting them on! ...Read more

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What is exact solution for varicose veins at left leg.?

What is exact solution for varicose veins at left leg.?

Varicose veins: There are many minimally invasive surgical options nowadays for treatment of this problem. It is based on the size and the classification for the stage of your venous disease. For this you can see a vein specialist about compression therapy, rfa, evla or non-thermal ablative options as well as sclerotherapy if appropriate. ...Read more

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What is the exact solution for varicose veins at left leg?

What is the exact solution for varicose veins at left leg?

Depends: You should get a venous reflux ultrasound to determine best treatment options. Most common treatment for varicose veins is endovenous ablation with laser (EVLT) or radiofrequency heat (Venfit). Other common treatments include phlebectomy & ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Seek opinion from board-certified vascular surgeon as they are vein experts that can offer all options to you based on anatomy ...Read more

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Is there any medicine available for painless varicose veins in the leg? Any yoga?

Is there any medicine available for painless varicose veins in the leg? Any yoga?

Not really: Prescription compression stockings, that are stronger than ted hose, can help to control the symptoms caused by varicose veins. They won't make the veins go away but they will probably help to keep them from getting worse. Avoid standing for long periods of time and put your feet up as often as possible. Exercise and keeping a healthy weight never hurts. Bioflavonoids can help swelling. ...Read more

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Varicose veins, 2 weeks ago had the stripping done to his leg, it swells up once in a while and it hurts to wear the stocking that was given to him.

Varicose veins, 2 weeks ago had the stripping done to his leg, it swells up once in a while and it hurts to wear the stocking that was given to him.

Could be normal: Occasional swelling after vein stripping is not uncommon and generally goes away with time. Unfortunately, stockings can sometimes be a problem with comfort. I would recommend that, at the very least, you put in a call to the doctor who did the surgery and let him or her know that you have some concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Swollen Ankles (Definition)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs ...Read more


Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more