Swollen ankles are often the symptom of common vein problems that are easily treatable with modern vein procedures. Swollen ankles often feel uncomfortable, painful, itchy, hot, and tired. Unfortunately, many doctors often misdiagnose swollen ankles as only a symptom of either heart or kindey failure, lymphedema, pregnancy, or as a side effect of prescription medication. Often, swollen ankles are instead caused by the vein problem of “Venous Reflux.” The first step to determining if your swollen ankles are from vein problems is to schedule a consultation with the vein specialists at Mountcastle Vein Centers.
The vein problem that most often causes swollen ankles, “Venous Relux,” is a condition when blood does not flow properly through the leg veins to the heart. In a vein with Venous Reflux, the blood remains in the leg and pools in the failing vein. When a patient has swollen ankles, this blood has pooled near the ankles and has even cause fluid to leak from the vein into the surrounding tissue of the patient’s ankle.
This excess blood and fluid in the ankle causes the visible ankle swelling. The blood and fluid makes the skin expand, and the ankle is then seen as enlarged. Swollen ankles also are painful for the individual and may cause the ankle to itch, burn, or ache.
To properly treat swollen ankles, the veins that cause blood to pool in the ankles must be properly treated. With these faulty veins treated, blood can properly flow back to the heart through healthy leg veins. Blood is then no longer pooled in the ankle, and the ankle is then no longer swollen. In an ankle that is no longer swollen, the pain, itching, burning, and discomfort associated with swollen ankles also ends.
Using Diagnostic Duplex Ultrasound, Mountcastle Vein Centers tests if your swollen ankles are from vein problems and Venous Reflux. If vein problems are diagnosed as a contributing factor to your swollen ankles, Mountcastle Vein Centers’ vein specialists will treat your veins with state-of-the-art procedures such as EVLT Laser Procedure, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Sclerotherapy, and VeinGogh Radiofrequency treatment.
The first step to determining whether your swollen ankles are caused by vein problems is to schedule a free, educational Swollen Ankles Consultation at Mountcastle Vein Centers. Your Swollen Ankles Consultation is completely free of charge, and this visit will not be billed to your insurance.
To schedule your Swollen Ankles Consultation, please call us at (727) 865-6941. Our office staff is available from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.