Discoloration in lower legs/ankles/feet

tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 10:48 am - Halsey, OR
I have had discoloration in my lower legs, ankles, and feet for a few years now and was wondering if anyone else has this issue and if the discoloration went away after losing their weight. I believe the condition is called venous stasis. I don't have diabetes so it's not associated with that. There is swelling also. It's where the veins in my legs don't work too well causing a purplish red color. I don't wear capri pants even because it's embarrassing for me and I'm hoping someone has had this and can tell me what happens as you lose your excess weight.

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mcdavis511
on 4/20/09 11:17 am
It is very likely to significantly improve or go away entirely as you exercise more and lose weight. Walking alone should help even without wt loss, combine it with the loss and you will be a new woman!! Remember to try never to sit completely still unless you are napping. Elevate your feet, pump your ankles, etc.
tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:25 pm - Halsey, OR
That's what I'm hoping!
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Bill I.
on 4/20/09 12:28 pm - Ashton, IL
The symptoms you describe could be associated with blood clots.  I would urge caution.  Even though it could be nothing,  my opinion is that it's worth checking with a vascular specialist.  The ultrasound test most hospitals use to check for leg clots is easy and painless. 

(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.
  
highest weight 425lbs - surgery weight 400lbs - goal weight 199lbs
tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:26 pm - Halsey, OR
I've been to the doctor as I've had this for a few years now and it's not blood clots. I thought it might be at first too.
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pattipetro
on 4/20/09 1:49 pm - Covington, GA
Tami,
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.

Patti






tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:29 pm - Halsey, OR
My discoloration isn't super noticable, but yet if you look at my legs you'd see that it was reddish and purplish on my foot. I had a bad injury to my foot and surgery too which makes one foot more discolored than the other. I have noticed swelling has been much less since I've lost 44lbs so I can imagine it will get alot better as I get smaller.
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Sarahlicious
on 4/20/09 2:12 pm - Portsmouth, OH
I have lyphemdema in my legs, which is swelling and it caused some venous statis. Here is what they look like. The coloration got a bit better, I wear compression garments so it's either show my garments or show my legs with capris and dresses. I don't might showing my legs, in swim suits etc, sure some times people stare...esp kids...but hey I'm enjoying my life and people would find something to stare at regardless.

I hope this link works, let me know if it does not...

http://www.obesityhelp.com/myoh/photos/200823/Legs/Pre-WLS-F eb-2003/#photo

I have Lipedema and Lymphedema. I also have a passion for Obesity and Health Insurance Advocacy

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tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:36 pm - Halsey, OR
Is the lyphemdema the swelling that is in the picture? My swelling is just at the ankle/foot about maybe 2 inches larger than it normally would be and then some discoloration around the ankle/calf and foot. I wish I wasn't so self-conscious about it. That's awesome that you don't mind showing your legs. I wish I had that strength. How much weight have you lost and what do your legs look like now, if you don't mind me asking?
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Sarahlicious
on 4/20/09 6:20 pm - Portsmouth, OH
Yes, the swelling is from the lymphedema. I've lost over 200lbs. Not sure if that link accessed the album, but I'll copy and paste the current pic for you. Well it was taken in 2007 but that's how they look now, I did years of compression therapy to get the excess fluid out, and now I wear compression garments everyday.

http://www.obesityhelp.com/myoh/photos/200825/Legs/1-year-po st-PS-Nov-2007/#photo

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tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 9:59 pm - Halsey, OR
Good job with the weight loss. Your legs have gone down considerably. I wear compression garments occasionally but not everyday.
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on 4/20/09 2:13 pm - River Falls, WI

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.

Ann

tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 5:42 pm - Halsey, OR
Wow. That is expensive. I had a doctor tell me before that it was due to an injury and surgery I had on a broken foot and so now the veins don't work as well and it's discolored due to that. But my other foot and ankle have it slightly as well.
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maris_38
on 4/20/09 9:26 pm, edited 4/20/09 9:28 pm - Orlando, FL
I too have Lymphedema, and there's different causes, severities and locations.  Mine, fortunately, was diagnosed and treated relatively early.  I have it in both of my lower legs (started in just the feet and ankles, and took several years to get really bad).  The swelling is expected to reduce significantly as a result of the weight loss (for me anyway, since my Lymphedema was caused by venous insufficiency... that is my legs were too fat for the lymph system to handle all the fluid).  Fix the weight, and the swelling should reduce.

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.
tamiissunshine
on 4/20/09 10:06 pm - Halsey, OR
If you take a look at my profile and look at my pictures when I am wearing a green shirt. You can kind of see the discoloration on one of my legs but in person it is more prominant. However I don't think I have the lymphedema but I could and it could just be a milder case. I have no health insurance so I just see the doc whenever I absolutely have to (I paid for lap band out of pocket ). The doctor I saw didn't seem concerned about it at all and I didn't like the way he just wrote it off like it wasn't a big deal. I'd like to see a good doctor but to be honest I can't really afford it now. The swelling goes down every night and some days it swells more than others. I am always able to get my shoes on though, but there are definately times when it's much tighter.
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Lightlinks_sis
on 4/21/09 12:53 am - Florence, AL
I have some of the symptoms you have described, but I don't really have the swelling that you mentioned.  That could be because I'm on a prescription diuretic called spironolactone, to help control hursuitism from polycystic ovarian syndrome.  I have the reddish/purple discoloration, and have for a long time, but my feet get freezing cold all the time, and often my hands.  That worsens after I take my ritalin (for narcolepsy treatment) and is a major pain in the tushy.  I have tried diabetic socks, sticking my feet in warm or ho****er, massaging them, and numerous other things.  I know that it is a result of bad circulation, but the only area that is a problem is my feet and sometimes, my hands.  Sometimes getting up and walking around doesn't even help.  I've never understood why it gets so much worse after I take my ritalin, because one of the main side effects of it, is that it causes an increase in circulation and you would think that an increase in circulation would help it, not make it worse, but I'm not a medical professional, and just don't understand it.  I'm sure your problem will improve as the weight continues to come off.  Good Luck!
Laura1972
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

Laura1972
on 1/1/12 2:34 am
sorry I spelled that wrong its called Schamberg's Disease.
terril1943
on 7/11/12 3:34 pm
I have had discoloration in my legs(calfs and down into my toes) for about 3 yrs now when I asked the Doctor if the discoloration would ever go away, he told me no.  The color of my goes from a deep red to a medium brown.  Mine has swelling also. It looks awful.  I use to love to wear shorts or capris. now not so much..let me know if you have ever found out anything
(deactivated member)
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