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Sometimes you notice that when you take off your socks, it leaves a red mark on your ankles. If you have experienced this situation 2-3 times, you can link it to the tightness of the sock tire. But if you often encounter footprints, something may be going wrong. So, what problems can the sock marks that appear on your leg signal?

“What causes sock marks on the leg?” if you’re investigating, Turkey Medicals explains why…

1- High blood pressure

Hypertension. If you have uncomfortably swollen legs, this may be because of excess fluid that accumulates in the lower part of your legs.

This condition is not usually painful alone, but wearing socks can cause discomfort.

High blood pressure is caused by fluid retention and makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood into the body.

The body also responds to this by holding the fluid that usually settles in the legs and feet.

2- Variate leg veins

Varicose leg veins. When the veins in your legs weaken, they can’t send blood to your heart fast enough.

Blood then accumulates in the leg veins, causing painful swelling. This, in turn, leads to varicose veins.

If you regularly see sock marks on your leg or wrist, your body may be giving you a signal that your veins are not letting blood go back to your heart.

3- 8production of water

Insufficient water consumption. Not consuming enough water and leaving the body dehydrated can damage your blood vessels.

Damaged vessels can begin to form small leaks that allow fluid to build up in the tissue surrounding them.

The ankles and feet are the places where this fluid will collect in the body.

So the sock marks you see around your ankles can be a sign that your body is dehydrated. Insider tip!

4- Side effects of some drugs

Side effects of certain Turkish medications. Some medications can also cause swelling in the lower leg.

For example, a number of antidepressants and blood pressure medications can cause uncomfortable swelling in the feet.

Birth control pills, especially those containing estrogen, can alter the levels of hormones in the body, leading to water retention. Of course, this causes swelling in the legs.

Never forget to consult a Turkish doctor in Turkey if you are constantly seeing sock marks on your legs.

But first, you can improve the situation by applying some simple recommendations that can alleviate the uncomfortable feeling of swollen legs. Here are the suggestions…

Reduce your daily salt consumption to a minimum.

Be sure to maintain your Ideal weight.

If you have a problem with varicose veins, don’t forget to wear your varicose socks.

Avoid sitting and standing for long periods of time. Change position frequently.

Choose to wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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Medically Reviewed by Professor Doctor Alper Demirbaş
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