Leg pain is often caused by an injury to a muscle, tendon, or ligament, or even a pinched nerve in the spine. However, leg pain is also a common symptom of blood vessel disease such as:
Peripheral artery disease: Peripheral artery disease is caused by cholesterol plaques that harden arteries and block the flow of blood, causing leg pain called intermittent claudication.
Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis): Being overweight, sitting for a long time, having an injury that damages your vein, and taking hormone therapy increase your risk for developing a blood clot. If you have leg pain, swelling, and/or discolored skin, get immediate medical help because a deep vein thrombosis is life threatening.
Chronic venous insufficiency: This condition develops when valves in leg veins weaken. As a result, blood doesn’t flow properly up the legs on its way back to the heart; instead it pools in leg veins causing pain and swelling.
Varicose veins: Veins can become enlarged and congested with blood when valves weaken or veins lose their tone.
When you have leg pain that’s not caused by an injury, please protect your health and get an examination by the doctors at Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology. Leg pain is too often associated with blood vessel problems to ignore the symptoms, especially when the symptoms can be so variable — sharp, dull, or tingling, and constant or intermittent — and they can appear suddenly or gradually.
Call us right away if you have a fever or any of the following symptoms in your leg:
The treatment plan is carefully tailored for each individual, depending on what’s causing the leg pain. But in many cases, a multifaceted plan gets the best results. The doctors may recommend changing your diet, exercising, and modifying other habits — like quitting smoking — to improve your cardiovascular health and lower the risk of clogged arteries in your legs.
A variety of effective medications are available to treat leg pain, from targeted pain relief to blood thinners that improve blood flow and reduce the risk of clots. A clogged artery may be treated with a procedure to reduce the blockage and insert a stent, which keeps the artery open so blood flows freely. The doctors at Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology also have advanced medical procedures using lasers and other therapies to effectively treat conditions like varicose veins.