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“I’ve put up with pain and swelling in my left leg for over fifteen years. Enter the Vein Clinic. Their evaluation found that my problem wasn’t just one leg, but both. The procedures performed have given me my legs back. They feel like legs again instead of swollen, painful stumps. Even with a total of eight treatments, I never missed any work. If, after a long day, your legs are sore and/or swollen, check out the Vein Clinic. You will be amazed at the simplicity of the procedures that produce amazing results.”

J. Tueller

What Does It Mean?

Edema and swollen ankles are the next progressive states of venous insufficiency and occur as the result of venous hypertension. As they force fluid into the lymphatic and interstitial spaces, leg or ankle swelling and changes in skin pigmentation can occur. Severe pain and discomfort are typical of these conditions, particularly in the lower leg (calf & ankle), where proximity of nerves exacerbates the situation. In addition to superficial involvement, these stages often include some portion of the perforating or deep vein systems.

Possible Symptoms

  • Leg pain
  • Numbness
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Shortness of breath
  • Ulceration of the skin

What Causes Edema?

Edema and swollen ankles are some progressive states of venous insufficiency and occur as the result of venous hypertension forcing fluid into the lymphatic and interstitial spaces.

Risk factors include gender, age, pregnancy, obesity, a family history of varicose veins, sedentary occupation, or history of blood clot. Varicose veins never go away without treatment and frequently progress and worsen over time.


Treatment options vary by patient and the ultrasound findings. Currently long segment veins may be treated with endovenous radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation or by the use of medical adhesives. Varicose veins are either removed through micro incisions or treated with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Non-procedural treatment consists of the use of compression stockings, leg elevation, and the use of NSAIDs for pain.