What should we know about lipedema?
Lipedema, also called lipoedema, is a disorder where there is enlargement of both legs due to the deposits of fat under the skin. In some severe cases, it can even affect the trunk and upper body.
The cause for lipedema is usually unknown, but several factors may trigger it. The risk factors often involve genetics, obesity, chronic venous insufficiency and so on.
People with lipedema may present symptoms such as disproportionately large, column-like legs, disproportionate hips, stomach or buttocks, etc.
The useful treatments are physiotherapy and exercise. Physiotherapy can help preserve mobility, however the exercise may help with overall fitness without preventing the progression of the disease.
Keywords: lipedema; lipoedema