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Swollen Ankles Varicose Veins
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
I fell 3wks ago. Injuring ankle shin &top leg where I hav varicose veins. Has been better bt now veins feel hard ankle &foot swollen. Shld I b concerned?
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
I had my varicose veins stripped in November. I am now experiencing a swollen bruise on the leg. Could this be dangerous?
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.
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
I have varicose veins in my left leg. Tonight is realized one is more swollen and looks bruised. Should I contact my doctor or just keep my leg up?
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
Woke up with red spots on lower legs, have varicose veins, swollen ankles, and take high blood pressure meds?
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
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.
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
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
I have some light varicose veins and “brawny” skin discoloration near my right ankle (small area). Which specialist (s) could treat this problem? How?
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
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
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?
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
I have 2 curvatures on my spine and several injuries on my tailbone and varicose veins on my left leg. I'm in pain from neck to ankles, why?
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
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
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
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?
I have had a painful mass in my right ankle for the past few months. I saw a GP last year, and he sent me for a sonar, the results were vascular structures in area? Varicose veins or AV malformation. I have no idea what this means?
Painful mass ankle: I would recommend that you seek evaluation by a vascular surgeon to help in differentiating these 2 different issues. Management would depend upon the underlying issue, oftentimes AV malformations can be sealed by using interventional radiology techniques. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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