Leg swelling

Swollen legs are a sign that something is wrong. The swelling comes from fluid gathering in the legs because of heart and circulatory problems. More serious causes include blood clots and heart failure. While there are some less serious reasons for leg swelling – pregnancy, weight-gain, or certain medications – ...

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Leg heaviness

Chronic Venous Insufficiency, leg heaviness, causes heavy or dragging sensations in the legs. Blood that isn’t as oxygen-rich as it should be pools in the legs, creating an annoying pressure and building up lactic acid. The results are fatigued, heavy, uncomfortable legs. Have your leg heaviness treated with one of ...

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Varicose veins cause their own type of rash, sometimes referred to as venous eczema or gravitational dermatitis. The itching, tightness and pain are directly related to the compromised blood supply to the legs and can have many appearances, from tight shiny skin to purple marks. Protecting your vein health can ...

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Skin pigmentation changes

Varicose veins will certainly change the outward appearance of your legs, including their color, causing skin pigmentation changes. Legs that aren’t getting proper circulation can turn red and irritated, then eventually brown and leathery as skin if left untreated. Infections can begin, causing more pain. Mercyhealth Vein Clinic can help you ...

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Leg ulcers

Untreated varicose veins are a common cause of painful leg ulcers, open wounds that take a long time to heal. Chronic leg ulcers result from varicose veins, which are caused by blood remaining in the legs because it cannot return to the heart and lungs due to weakened or damaged ...

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Spider veins

Spider veins can be less obvious than varicose veins. These thin, red, blue or purple veins are not always are as uncomfortable as varicose veins, but sometimes their presence and appearance bothers patients. Mercyhealth Vein Center in Rockford sees patients with spider veins, contact us today.     For more information, visit the American ...

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Varicose veins

Varicose veins are veins that bulge, ache or itch because blood that flows down into the legs cannot make its way back up to the heart and lungs for oxygenation. The one-way valves that help the veins pump the blood against gravity’s force are damaged and weak, so they allow ...

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is just what it sounds like: itching or other uncomfortable sensations that cause a person to constantly move his or her legs for relief. RLS can cause patients to lose sleep as it seems to affect people most when they are trying to drift off. Varicose ...

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Lipodermatosclerosis affects a person’s lower legs. It can change the color of the skin and cause it to harden, swell, and ulcerate. Often a result of obesity, it can be very painful and debilitating. If you suspect you may have it, visit Mercyhealth Vein Clinic.   For more information, visit the American College ...

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