What do your varicose veins and swollen ankles have in common? Both have to do with damaged veins, often caused by increased pressure within the damaged veins.
Sometimes swelling is just that—you’ve eaten too much chips and salsa, or splurged on something fried. Other swelling is caused from too much standing (at a concert or theme park, or even a long day at work), or sitting (on a plane or long car ride). Even hot, humid weather can cause some swelling of the legs and feet.
This is edema, which can be benign or serious.
Sometimes, blood plasma leaks out of damaged veins, seeping into the peripheral tissue. This fluid buildup that causes the swelling in the legs,...