What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema, unlike leg swelling (edema) due to venous reflux disease, is worse in the feet and toes. The foot and toes are involved and are described as "pillow feet and sausage toes". What descriminates lymphedema from leg sweling due to venous reflux disease is that leg elevation overnight DOES NOT relieve the edema. Also, patients rarely complain of symptoms other than the swelling. Patients with venous reflux disease complain of leg edema and heaviness and aching in the legs.