Leg Swelling Specialist

Dmitry Gorelik, MD -  - Board Certified Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Dmitry Gorelik, MD

Cardiologist and Vein Doctor in West Orange, NJ and Greater New York City Area

Leg swelling isn’t always a clear-cut sign of an issue, but prolonged, unexpected, or severe leg swelling could indicate a health condition that needs treatment. At his private practice in West Orange, New Jersey, Dmitry Gorelik, MD, a board-certified cardiologist and vein specialist, treats leg swelling with compression stockings, home care, diuretics, and other approaches appropriate for the underlying cause. To book an evaluation for your leg swelling, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today or schedule an appointment online at your convenience.

Leg Swelling Q & A

What is leg swelling?

Leg swelling is a common symptom or complication of conditions affecting your blood vessels. You might notice it on one or more parts of your legs, like your feet, ankles, calves, or thighs. 

Typically, leg swelling arises from one of two main causes. It can come from fluid retention, meaning your body is holding too much water and other fluids, or it can come from inflammation due to diseased tissue. A few of the most common specific causes, some of which are mild and not cause for concern, are:

  • Prolonged sitting
  • Prolonged standing
  • Broken ankle, foot, or leg
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Thrombophlebitis (blood clot in the leg)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Lymphedema (blockage in your lymphatic system)
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney complications
  • Certain medications

At his office, Dr. Gorelik provides full examinations to determine the cause of your leg swelling. He can also direct you to appropriate treatments for heart and vein conditions contributing to your swollen legs. 

When is leg swelling serious?

Numerous conditions and injuries are possible causes of leg swelling. If your legs are swollen for only a short amount of time, especially if you’ve been sitting or standing all day, you can safely assume that the swelling was temporary and harmless. This is called edema, and you’re more likely to get it if you’re pregnant, obese, or consume a high-sodium diet. 

If your leg swelling is prolonged, often happens without an apparent cause, or affects just one leg, you should consider booking an evaluation with Dr. Gorelik. You should also book an appointment if your leg swelling comes with additional symptoms like:

  • Leg pain or tenderness
  • Varicose veins on your legs
  • Skin redness or warmth
  • Darkly discolored skin in your lower leg or ankle
  • Leg ulcers

If your leg swelling seems unusual or unwarranted, you should book an appointment to find the cause and determine whether or not your condition needs professional treatment. 

How can I find relief for leg swelling?

The treatment you receive for leg swelling depends on the underlying cause and contributing conditions. While finding a treatment for you, Dr. Gorelik also considers your prior medical history and the medications you take. 

Whether or not you need clinical treatments, like diuretic medications to reduce fluid retention or treatments to remove or close damaged veins, these tips can help you reduce your edema and prevent recurrence:

  • Moving and exercising
  • Elevating your legs
  • Massaging your legs
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Reducing your salt intake

These steps alone can make a significant difference in your leg swelling and reduce some of your discomfort. If you need further treatment, Dr. Gorelik explains the recommended medications and procedures to you in detail. 

To schedule an evaluation and address your leg swelling, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik, or book online today.