Leg swelling, or oedema, generally occurs because of an abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid in the lower extremity. Oedema (also spelled edema) is swelling occuring when fluid leaks out of the body’s capillaries.
Leg swelling can appear in any part of the legs such as feet, ankles, calves and thighs.
The most common cause of leg swelling is venous disease. Lymphedema is another condition which causes leg swelling, and is almost always secondary to a disorder of lymph nodes. Swollen legs, feet and ankles are also common in late pregnancy. Lack of exercise can contribute to water retention in legs and cause swelling – exercising helps leg veins work against gravity to return blood to the heart.
Leg Swelling Treatment
Treatment of leg swelling, or edema, is based on the cause and can be done in a number of ways, including compression stockings. At Comfort Clinic, we have a wide variety of compression stockings for leg swelling, which can help remove fluids from legs by applying gradient compression. Following your doctor’s prescription, our compression garments fitter will perform a detailed assessment of leg swelling, take measurements and select suitable garment. We will explain features and benefits of the garment and, if necessary, prepare custom compression stockings to manage the swelling.