There are many different reasons for swollen legs, which vary in severity. Common causes include hot temperatures, poor circulation, high salt diet, inflammation, injury, or another underlying medical condition.
When your legs swell, it can be painful, make it difficult to walk, and even keep you awake at night. Basically, swollen legs are uncomfortable, and this is why it’s so important to uncover the underlying cause of it so you can prevent and treat them.
Retention of fluid in the leg tissues is a big cause for swollen legs. Also, known as peripheral edema, this often results as a problem with a person’s circulatory system, the lymphatic system, or the kidneys. Other causes of fluid retention include being overweight, sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time, or wearing tight clothing.
Other medical factors that contribute to water retention and swollen legs include pregnancy, venous insufficiency, heart failure, deep vein thrombosis, hormonal therapy, pericarditis, certain medications, diabetes, high blood pressure, acute kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, and lymphedema.
Inflammation is another cause of swollen legs. Inflammation is a normal response made by the body when injury or damage occurs, but too much inflammation or chronic inflammation can have negative health effects. Inflammation can spread throughout the body and can occur through arthritis, injury, or infection.
The only way to know for sure what is causing your swollen legs is to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
In the meantime, there are some at home remedies you can try to reduce swelling of the legs. This includes reducing your salt intake, using a pillow beneath your legs when sleeping to elevate them, use compression stockings to prevent blood pooling in the legs, avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time, and speak to your doctor about any medications you may be on which could be promoting leg swelling and for any possible alternative you can take. Never stop taking a medication without consulting your doctor first.
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