Leg pain is caused by venous reflux (insufficiency) in many patients. Over time, patients often experience the gradual onset of leg pain in one form or another. Some describe their leg pain as a dull ache or throbbing. Others describe a pressure sensation in the lower leg. Many experience muscle cramping, especially at night. Some describe their leg pain as heaviness.
Leg pain and associated symptoms are usually worse when a patient is subjected to periods of prolonged standing. Many occupations such as teaching, health care, retail, and law enforcement require long periods of standing which can worsen symptoms. These symptoms are usually worse at the end of the day and improve when a patient is able to elevate their legs. These symptoms usually worsen with warm weather and improve in colder climates. Leg pain due to vein disease is usually worse with standing and lack of activity and improves with walking or exercise.
Leg pain can also be caused by other problems not related to veins. Diseases affecting the arteries limit the amount of blood and oxygen that can reach the legs. Leg pain due to arterial disease is usually brought on with exertion. When walking, patients experience muscle cramping in the calves, thighs, or buttocks. Cramping caused by arterial disease is usually relieved quickly by rest. Leg pain can also be caused by back or nerve disorders not related to vein or arterial disease.
The pain also may be a sign that a more serious condition, such as blood clots, could be present. All vein diseases will continue to worsen without treatment. Early detection and intervention can help you avoid developing more serious health issues.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, a medical examination can help determine if they are caused by a vascular condition. Contact us today to set up an appointment