Swollen legs (OEDEMA)
Typically, oedemas linked to superficial circulatory problems have, in their initial stage, the following characteristics:
• Developing progressively
• More pronounced at the end of the day, worsening when standing or exposed to heat, improving when the legs rest flat
• Usually found in the ankles, rarely in the calves
• Not very painful but often accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in the legs, cramps or restlessness
• Not accompanied with noticeable redness of the skin
• Not accompanied with any other symptoms such as general weakness, breathlessness, temperature...
If you have this type of oedema, a superficial venous origin is likely but if the symptoms persist or the appearance of your oedema is different, contact your doctor or your angiologist for further advice.