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The veins in my ankle and foot are very noticeable. I'm swelling at ankle. What is causing this?

By Anonymous June 13, 2017 - 8:50am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community.

Please call and schedule an appointment with your physician, who knows you, your medical history and can do a physical exam.

ankle swelling is also known as peripheral edema, which refers to an accumulation of fluid in these parts of the body.

There are many potential causes of foot, leg, and ankle swelling. In most cases, swelling occurs as a result of certain lifestyle factors, such as being overweight.
Excess body mass can decrease blood circulation, causing fluid to build up in the feet, legs, and ankles.

Standing or sitting for long periods: When the muscles are inactive, they can’t pump body fluids back up toward the heart. The retention of water and blood can cause swelling in the legs.

Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backward as it moves up the legs. Bulging of the veins results when the valves do not function properly, allowing the blood to pool and enlarge the vein.

It may occur in conditions affecting the vein itself or in association with more generalized conditions, such aging. Inflammation and swelling of a vein is a common cause of bulging veins. Other common causes include lack of movement and obesity. Obstructions to the flow of blood in the veins can also cause bulging.


June 13, 2017 - 9:19am
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