Deep vein thrombosis impacts the leg health of an estimated 900,000 people in the United States each year, with many more remaining undiagnosed. At Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers, with multiple locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, Michigan, the experienced podiatry team offers in-office services to treat deep vein thrombosis symptoms and prevent long-term health complications. Learn more about treatments for deep vein thrombosis by calling the Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers nearest you today or by requesting an appointment online now.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where a blood clot forms in the deep veins, most often in your calf or thigh. This creates a blockage in blood flow that travels from the legs back to your heart.
If the clot breaks loose, it becomes a medical emergency. The clot can travel into the lungs and create a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism. This condition makes it difficult to breath and can lead to premature death.
You may be at increased risk for developing deep vein thrombosis if you have a personal or family history of the condition. Other risk factors for DVT include:
You may also be more likely to develop DVT if you use hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills with estrogen or following a surgery.
Deep vein thrombosis may not cause any symptoms. However, if you experience any of the following, you should schedule an evaluation at Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers as soon as possible:
While these symptoms can be a warning sign for other underlying medical issues, your provider at Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers will perform a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to determine if deep vein thrombosis is a concern. They may also refer you to a vascular specialist for DVT testing if you have risk factors for deep vein thrombosis.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your provider at Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers may prescribe blood-thinning medications to prevent additional clots.
If you already have a clot in your veins, you may need surgery to remove it before it breaks away and travels to another part of your body.
The skilled podiatry team at Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers also provides preventive care if you have risk factors for DVT and may recommend:
Your provider may recommend special leg exercises to increase blood flow in the veins and wearing compression socks to reduce your risk for clots.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for deep vein thrombosis symptoms, call the Hosey and Murphy Foot & Ankle Centers nearest you today or request an appointment online now.