Suffering From Leg Pain?
If you are suffering from leg pain, It Could Be Caused By One of These Conditions:
If you suffer from leg pain when walking or standing, it is not only uncomfortable but can also interfere with your quality of life and cause you to forego activities you enjoy or just limit your day-to-day life. People sometimes think leg pain is just a natural part of aging, but sometimes there’s an underlying cause for the pain. That’s why it’s essential to consult a vein doctor for a thorough physical exam and an authoritative diagnosis. Not only will that provide a solution for alleviating the pain, it will also identify potentially serious medical conditions that require prompt treatment. Read on for an explanation of the many possible reasons for leg pain.
General Causes of Leg Pain:
There’s a wide variety of causes for leg pain. For example, any problem or abnormality with the bones, muscles, tissues, nerves, or circulation can cause leg pain. Straining or overusing the leg muscles can cause pain, as can injury to the leg or problems with the spine. Blood clots, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis can also cause this condition.
Most medical practitioners do a very good job investigating causes that relate to the bones, nerves, muscles and even the arterial circulation. A very common and agonizing cause of leg pain that is not well understood by most doctors is poor circulation of blood in the veins causing Chronic Veinous Insufficiency (CVI). Leg pain caused by CVI is typically worse after prolonged standing or sitting. In advanced cases, the pain may be constant and even excruciating , interfering with moving around or walking. This would be in contrast to peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Patients with PAD most commonly have calf pain with walking and resolution of the pain after stopping for only a few minutes.
Temporary vs. Chronic Causes of Leg Pain:
Leg pain may or may not indicate a serious underlying medical condition. In fact, it’s sometimes caused by something relatively harmless that will soon pass. For example, if you sat in an uncomfortable or unnatural position for an extended period, you may have leg pain when you try to stand up. Leg pain can also occur if you’ve been sitting immobile for a lengthy period of time, such as during a plane ride. If the cause is temporary, you’ll likely know, because it will follow something specific such as exercising. Also, it should pass within a few hours or a day or two.
However, if the leg pain is recurrent or chronic, and doesn’t occur after something specific, there’s a good chance there’s an underlying medical cause. It could be a problem with the veins, such as venous insufficiency. With this condition, the valves that transport blood from the feet to the heart cease functioning properly. This can cause blood to pool in the legs as well as seep into the tissues, which in turn causes leg pain.
Venous insufficiency is very nicely treatable through a few simple in-office and only minimally invasive procedures. It is performed under local anesthesia and is well covered by most insurance companies.
When to See a Doctor for Leg Pain:
It’s always a good idea to consult a doctor about leg pain, even if it isn’t severe. It could still indicate an underlying health problem, and the sooner you get it diagnosed and treated the better. Also, definitely see a doctor if you have signs of infection, such as a temperature. Other signs that indicate a potential emergency or serious situation include: your leg appearing pale, if it’s either warm or cool to the touch, if it’s tender or swollen, if both legs are swollen, or if the pain continues to get worse with no apparent cause.
Diagnosing Leg Pain:
Your doctor will likely start with a thorough visual examination, and possibly recommend X-Rays or bloodwork or Ultrasound if there’s no obvious cause. He or she will also want to know any medications you’ve been taking or activities you’ve recently engaged in to determine if they could be the cause.
At Alpha Vein Clinic, we have experience and expertise in treating leg pain, whether it is vein related or not. For a knowledgeable, expert diagnosis on the cause of your leg pain, make an appointment with us today, so we can create a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Alpha Vein Clinic
3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
(702) 430 7661
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