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Having swollen legs can be an indicator of a hidden health condition that necessitates urgent treatment. At Dr. White's Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC, vein specialist Dr. Carol White, MD, and her team offer safe, effective treatments for leg swelling to patients in Morgantown and the more extensive West Virginia area. To request an evaluation with Morgantown leg swelling specialists, call their office or use the online booking tool today.

What Is Leg Swelling?

Leg swelling occurs due to accumulation of fluids in one or both of your legs for various reasons. One of the most prevalent reasons for fluid buildup is lymphedema: a condition affecting your lymphatic system that often results in the lymph fluid accumulating in your legs.

The two main forms of lymphedema that Dr. White treats at Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC include primary and secondary lymphedema. The condition you are suffering from is determined following a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and other factors.

What causes leg swelling?

There are numerous possible causes of leg swelling, also known as secondary lymphedema. Dr. White reviews details concerning your medical history and conducts an extensive general physical examination to determine the actual cause of your leg swelling. Using this information, she can develop the most suitable treatment plan.

Aside from lymphedema, other circumstances and conditions that can result in leg swelling include physical activity, pregnancy, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), obesity, liver cirrhosis, chronic kidney disease, tight clothing, physical activity, heart failure, and sitting or standing for long periods. To ensure your provider develops an accurate diagnosis following your physical examination, Dr. White conducts necessary blood and other tests to evaluate your leg swelling.

When To See A Doctor Because of Leg Swelling

Most conditions causing leg swelling necessitate treatment to avoid them from worsening with time. Because leg swelling can signal an underlying life-threatening condition, you should request an appointment with Dr. White if your leg swelling lasts for long without relief.

Before your visit, the following steps may help you alleviate the swelling at home. These include taking frequent breaks from sitting or standing for long hours, lowering sodium levels in your diet, elevating your legs using a pillow when you lay down, or taking non-prescription anti-inflammatory medications. If you don't find relief in these measures, Dr. White can conduct an evaluation and offer customized treatment for your leg swelling.

How To Treat Leg Swelling

Dr. White and the team at Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC use various approaches to treat leg swelling. After your evaluation, your provider may recommend one or several of these treatments, i.e., leg elevation, massage, diuretic medications, compression stockings, or movement and exercise. If an underlying condition causes your leg swelling, addressing these conditions to alleviate the swelling lowers your risk of further complications.

In conclusion, Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC take a personalized and holistic approach to patient care. Access relief from your discomfort and enhance your overall health today by scheduling an appointment with the practice by calling the office or using the online booking tool.