Swelling of the leg is a condition that could be related to several underlying medical problems such as vascular and cardiac disorders, kidney problems and medication side effects.
A very common underlying condition for a swollen leg is the presence of varicose veins. Varicose veins are dilated, incompetent leg veins that are unable to pump the blood from the feet back to the heart therefore favoring the retention of fluids or edema. This problem will not be resolved unless the underlying varicose veins problem is treated.
Chronic swelling of the legs will lead to the sensations such as heaviness, achiness, pain and sensitive skin on the lower legs. If the condition persist for years, induration of the tissues can occur, together with a brownish discoloration of the skin with white spots and a purple appearance.
Solving the underlying problems whether it is vascular, cardiac, renal or related to varicose veins is very important as other complications could develop.