Are your legs, ankles, or feet swollen and painful? Lymphedema, which occurs when fluid collects in the feet or legs, is one of the many conditions treated by Dr. Todd Mann at AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists in Indianapolis. With expertise in podiatry and wound care, Dr. Mann helps men and women with this grave and debilitating ailment. Since it’s vital to treat lymphedema before it worsens, book an appointment with Dr. Mann's team today.
Lymphedema is a condition that’s characterized by swelling in the extremities, often in the legs, ankles, or feet. It usually appears in one leg or foot, but can affect multiple areas of your body at the same time.
Primary lymphedema is an inherited condition where there is an abnormality in your lymph function, while secondary lymphedema — the more common form — happens when there is damage to your lymph vessels.
Lymphedema can cause several different symptoms in your body, some of them more noticeable than others. These may include:
As the condition worsens, you may notice that the swelling increases or that your skin becomes lumpy, cracked, or sore. You might also lose some mobility in the affected area.
While primary lymphedema is a condition you’re born with, it’s rare. Secondary lymphedema is the most common variety and is the result of an injury to the lymph system.
Common causes of secondary lymphedema include surgical treatments that require removal of lymph nodes, radiation treatment for cancer, obesity, circulatory diseases and any type of trauma to the lymphatic system.
Dr. Mann may suggest a number of different approaches to treat lymphedema, including:
In addition to the treatment for lymphedema that Dr. Mann prescribes, proper skin care of your feet and legs is also important for recovery.
To find out if you’re suffering from lymphedema or to get started on a treatment plan, book an appointment today.