FAQ – Legs Discolored

Why are my legs discolored?

Dark discoloration in the lower legs, ankles or feet can be due to swelling in the 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.

Treatment includes elevating the legs above the heart, use of compression stockings, and taking a diuretic 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.