If you’ve noticed that one or both of your legs are beginning to swell, don’t panic — here’s the information you need to understand why your legs are swelling, how to get your legs to stop swelling now, and how to prevent your legs swelling in the future.

As vein specialists working in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, we’ve experienced a wide array of leg-related ailments. Swelling and lymphedema are just some of those many leg-connected problems, and using our state-of-the-art tech, we can find a solution that works for both their needs and schedule.

Here’s the info you need about swollen legs.

Why are my legs swelling?

Leg swelling isn’t always a total cause for alarm and can stem from a variety of causes. For example, if one is overweight, frequently inactive, or has a job that requires them to stand or sit for extended periods of time, their legs can start to retain fluid in their tissues, given the legs a swollen appearance. Additionally, wearing tight leggings, stockings, or pants can cause this problem as well.

In these cases, the solution is simple: modify the behavior that is causing these issues. For inactivity, incorporate more walking or simple leg stretches into your day; you might also consider swapping your skinny jeans for a looser fit.

However, leg swelling can also be indicative of a larger issue.

When your legs swell, it could be a sign that you are having a problem within your venous circulation system, meaning that blood is having a hard time making its way through your body. You could also be facing issues with your lymphatic system, resulting in something called lymphedema, though this primarily occurs following treatment for cancer. Kidney problems, injuries, pregnancy, arthritis and more have also all been known to cause swelling.

How do I stop my legs from swelling?

As we said before, if you believe your swelling issue is stemming from inactivity, the solution is simply more activity. Adding activity into your life has many other long-term benefits: for one, it can prevent varicose and spider veins from developing. Additionally, it can also slow the onset of an extensive range of ailments while making you feel better in the process.

If you believe the issue is stemming from a problem with your lymph nodes, talk to your doctor — however, as we stated above, this is primarily a concern for those who have undergone treatment for cancer. 

Finally, your leg swelling might be caused by varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.

Even if you don’t see any veins bulging out of your legs, you still might be experiencing problems related to varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. Simply put, when the valves in your leg veins fail owing to age, inactivity, or a range of other causes, they become ineffective at pushing blood back up to your heart. Instead of having blood circulating through your body, you now have blood pooling in your leg veins, causing them and the legs that surround them to swell.

If you are in pain after sitting or standing for a long time, have noticed a change in your leg skin color, are developing sores on your legs, seeing newly formed veins under the surface or your skin, or just feel a consistent, achy feeling in your legs, you might have a vein issue. The only real way to resolve a vein issue is treatment.

How do I stop my legs from swelling for good?

The main way to stop future leg swelling stemming from vein issues is to get those veins taken care of. We’re vein specialists, and as specialists, we can work with you to solve your vein-related problems. Modern technology means that the procedure is quick, minimally invasive and with relatively little pain, and more people undergoing a vein procedure can return to work on the same day.

For more information about our vein treatments, get in touch with us via our contact page above. We’ll be happy to discuss your leg issues and sort out potential solutions.