discoloration in the lower legs, ankles or feet can be due to swelling
lower extremities, also known as edema.
Sometimes swelling can be due to
problems with the veins preventing
blood from being pumped back through the body.
This “blood pooling” in the lower
extremities can cause dark
discoloration in the skin resulting in temporary or permanent skin
changes. This is often called
venous insufficiency and can lead to leg ulcers.
the legs above the heart, use of compression stockings, and taking a
or water pill. Testing
is available to evaluate the veins. If you have darkly
discolored legs or swelling in your feet, call Advanced Podiatry today for an
appointment for evaluation.