Do you have a swelling in your leg? If so then you must consult your primary doctor immediately. Swelling can be due to various reasons and you must first find out the reason for yours. Visiting a doctor right away helps prevent any further complications to your health. Remember to say how long you have had this problem and if there any changes in the swelling pattern. Some people may have swelling on both their legs.
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As the first step, your doctor will find out the actual reason for the swelling. You must inform whether you are experiencing health issues like kidney problems, thyroid or liver damages, heart problems etc.
Do you feel pain in your legs? If so tell your doctor. Your doctor will ask you whether the swelling becomes very bad at any particular time of the day and whether you have identified what triggers the swelling and what facilitates relief from it. Does the swelling start at your ankles and spread to the complete ankles? Does it limit up to your ankles only or extend even to your legs?
Your doctor will ask you other questions related to your activity levels, sleeping, medication changes, consumption of salt, hormonal changes, sleeping and weight increase. Any one of the above factors may be a reason for swelling of your legs.
For example, for younger women there will be hormonal changes during their monthly cycle. Does the swelling happen at any times of your monthly cycle? You must limit your salt intake to prevent this problem. But nowadays people consume a lot of salt through food items like processed food, ketchup, hot dogs, canned foods etc. All these are rich in salt. Swelling may arise because of changes in medication and obesity problem. Sometimes the way you sleep in bed can also cause swelling like using a recliner or not lifting your legs for the whole night.
There are several treatment options available for leg swelling. At first your doctor tries the water pill or diuretics treatment. This treatment option will not work for people who have swelling because of more volume. The most common method is using compression stockings that force fluid out of the legs and it is considered as the most effective treatment.
The third option is to cure the lymphedema problem is by using complete decongestive therapy that includes massaging your legs to push out the unwanted fluid. In addition to the massages, exercises and a low-compression wrap is used.
A few people even walk with a limp because of obesity or arthritis. It prevents the calf muscles to force out fluid when they walk. People with just a little swelling will ignore it and will not look for the treatment options. For instance, an older person who lives separately feels it hard to wear the stiff compression stocking and considers it as not worth the irritation.