What Does Edema Mean for Me?
Conditions such as edema and swollen ankles represent the next progressive states of venous insufficiency and occur as the result of venous hypertension. Leg swelling, ankle swelling, and changes in skin pigmentation can occur from fluid being forced into lymphatic and interstitial spaces.
The typical results of these conditions are severe pain and discomfort, particularly in the lower leg, calf, and ankle, where the proximity of the nerves causes the situation to worsen. In addition to superficial issues, these stages can include a portion of the perforating or deep vein system in various complications.