Swollen legs can be painful and frustrating. There are a lot of reasons why your legs may be swollen. However, the most common one is the abnormal accumulation of fluid in your tissues. The medical term for swollen legs is edema. Some of the main causes of the problem include pregnancy, salt retention, and cellulitis. If you have swollen legs, seek the help of Ariel Soffer MD, FACC.
In some instances, swollen legs may be an indication of circulation and heart problems. It may be related to factors such as:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart failure
- Hormone therapy
- Liver cirrhosis
- Sitting or standing for long hours
- Pulmonary hypertension