Swelling of the legs can be a sign of disease!

Swelling of the legs caused by sitting or standing for longer period is acting negatively on the quality of living. The legs, especially the ankles, are part of the body where can mostly be noticed swellings. The first signs are discomforts in the shoes and tightness, which starts if you are sitting or standing for longer period. In some cases can be detected pains and clumsiness. But swelling can also be the first symptom for systemic disease.

Venous insufficiency

The swelling on the legs or the feet, often is the initial symptom for the venous insufficiency, is a condition when the blood is moving slowly through the veins from the legs to the heart. In these conditions the liquid is retained in the soft tissues of the lower part of the legs and feet. Also, the venous insufficiency can lead to changes on the skin, ulcer and infection.


The swelling of the legs and feet can also be a sign of infection. The patients with diabetic nephropathy have increased risk to develop infection on the legs skin. If you have diabetes, you should check your legs more often: do you have blisters or wounds that can manifest discomfort because of the damage of the nerves.

Blood clots

The blood clots on the veins of the legs can stop the blood flow to the heart and can cause swelling on the ankles and the feet. The blood clots can be superficially or deep. If you have deeper venous thrombosis, can be blocked one or two main veins in the legs. These clots can be dangerous for living if they detach and come in the heart or lungs.

Heart, liver or kidney

Sometimes the swelling of the legs can indicate on problems with heart, liver or kidney. If the ankles are swelling during the night, it can be sign that water is retained in the organism because of a heart weakness. The kidney diseases can also indicate a swelling of the legs and the ankles. When the kidney is not functioning right, the liquids from the body can’t be completely thrown out.