Aching legs will come in different forms. Some people will have heavy, tired, aching legs and others will have tingling or cramping of the legs. A common form of aching is associated with swelling of the legs and/or ankles. Your doctor will most likely refer to this swelling as edema.
What is Edema?"Swelling" is clinically referred to as edema. When edema happens, aching is commonly the associated sensation. Edema refers to an increase in fluid under the skin, often seen in the lower legs around the ankles and feet. Edema is very different from lymphedema, a condition involving swelling caused by a build-up of protein-rich fluid in the lymphatic vessels. Over time, if lymphedema is not treated, the affected area will continue to increase in swelling and increase in aching. Edema is a mild swelling condition escorted with mild aching.
What Causes Edema?Edema may be found in conjunction with sports injuries, hot weather, post-surgery, pregnancy, varicose veins, airplane travel, and standing or sitting for extended lengths of time. Edema or swelling is visibly noticeable on the lower leg and ankle, companioned by aching, especially near sock seams and by how your shoes fit. Sometimes there are underlying medical conditions that contribute to the presence of edema. If your swelling and aching condition continues over a period of time, or if you have questions and/or concerns about your legs' swelling and aching, have a medical professional evaluate you.
Using Medical LegWearCompression stockings are especially helpful in reducing mild leg swelling or edema. These stockings will give your some relief from aching as well. Swelling will decrease gradually. Compression garments should be worn during the day and taken off at bedtime.
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