It is possible that swollen legs and ankles could be the result of leaking veins. The name of this disease is venous insufficiency. In our bodies, the job of veins is to pump blood back toward the heart. There are valves that close in order to direct our blood back to our hearts. However with venous insufficiency, these valves do not fully close. Endovenous ablation is a new, non-invasive treatment that was created in order to treat this disease. It is done by using heat in order to seal the veins.
If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as diabetes and their effects on the feet, consult with Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.
Systemic Diseases of the Foot
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
- Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices, located in Toms River and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.