Discoloration in lower legs/ankles/feet
(I just went through treatment for a huge blood clot in my leg 2 wks post-op even though I was taking blood thinners, so my opinion is clearly a little skewed)
I hope it's nothing. Good luck whatever you decide to do.
It should get better with weight loss as many times the pressure from the weight in your lower legs on the veins is the cause. I had been taking Demadex (diuretic) for many years for swelling in my lower legs, but have not taken any since surgery and the swelling is 90% gone. The discoloration is some better too, however mine was not bad horrible before surgery,,,,,,,,,but it was enough to bother me. Good luck.
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I've read this is a circulation problem that is particularly prevelent among obese people. It's also often heredity. Only your doc can tell you for sure what you have and what the outcome might be. I have had some discoloration for years that appear like little bruises (not the deep redish purple discoloration that covers large areas) and a lot of spidery veins. the only way I'll ever get rid of that is through a medical procedure. Today some of that can be done with laser and some is done with injections into the tiny veins to collapse them fully--all out patient surgery. You can live without all those little veins just fine, apparently. It's expensive though and my insurance won't pay for it since it is considered cosmetic. The estimate I had for having it done with laser was $4000+ done over a two year period.
I do however have one reddish brown patch just above my right ankle. I'm told this is "heam tattooing" from the red blood cells being pushed into the skin tissue by the swelling, staining it that reddy-brown color of old blood. I'm told this is permanent - but with all the laser treatments they have out there, who knows. It won't go away just from losing the weight - the only possible solution is laser removal.
*Edit*: Not sure who you've seen for this. I would strongly recommend you see a vascular and lymphedema specialist. JUST IN CASE. If the swelling has not gone away for several years, then I would get it thoroughly checked out. Lymphedema isn't curable, and it must be treated or it will get lots worse. Mine took about 8 years to get to the point where my legs were too painful to touch, I almost could not get shoes to fit my feet they were so swollen. Fortunately, mine was no where near as bad as Saralicious's - but it was still messing with my ability to do my job, and manage my life. The more you know about what's happening the better armed you are to deal with it.
Hopefully WLS will help with your foot/ankle swelling, but I wouldn't wait to find out.
on 1/1/12 2:26 am
Hello, I also have very similar thing going on with my ankles and feet. my doctor told me that its not contagious and it can spread up my body which it has already spread up my legs. I also have done research and the only term I can come up with is called Shamburg Disease. I am not a doctor and I am not saying this is what you have or what i have it is only what i can come up with by research. good luck
on 1/1/12 2:34 am
on 7/11/12 3:34 pm
on 7/18/13 9:56 am - SAN DIEGO, CA
I have been searching the internet for answers to this same question. Let me just say you have described my problem
exactly. I really don't think its just associated to being overweight because I've never been overweight, my cholesterol is low
and my body mass is lean. My problem started about the time I learned my liver was in a serious state due to hepatitis. So, its
definitely associated with poor circulation. Also, my Father and his father both had it. So why doesn't anyone have an answer
to this question?? Why the discoloration and will it go away? I absolutely hate it! I myself have been doing acupuncture and
its helped me a lot, sometimes the color gets lighter it all depends on how much I'm on my feet. I am determined to get the
answer to these questions. Good luck to you, I feel your pain. NP