What are venous causes of leg pain?
Faulty vein valves in your legs can cause blood to pool in your veins rather than return to the heart as it should. The result is spider and varicose veins. These veins are aesthetically displeasing and also make your legs feel heavy, achy, and painful.
Varicose veins can itch and burn as well as cause swelling. Unmanaged varicose veins can lead to ulcers and other worrisome complications.
What are arterial causes of leg pain?
When the arteries that deliver blood to your arms and legs are narrowed or clogged, it causes pain in these extremities. This is diagnosed as peripheral artery disease.
Peripheral artery disease causes painful cramping in the legs, along with numbness and weakness. Pain is most noticeable with movement.
Other symptoms of peripheral artery disease are cold feet and shiny skin. You should seek care if you have leg pain due to peripheral artery disease because it suggests that you have widespread deposits in your arteries that could compromise the function of your heart and brain.
How is leg pain treated?
If you have leg pain caused by varicose veins and venous disease, conservative treatments like the regular wearing of compression stockings, losing weight, and avoiding long periods of either sitting or standing may be enough to bring you relief.
If conservative treatments aren’t successful in resolving your pain, you may need sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a saline-based solution into affected veins to make them shrink and disappear. Sclerotherapy is most often used for spider veins and small varicose veins.
Endovenous ablation is used for more prominent varicose veins. Dr. Aduli inserts laser technology into damaged veins. This causes them to collapse, so blood flow directs toward healthier veins. Your body slowly absorbs the treated veins.
Leg pain due to peripheral artery disease is often treated with stents. You may need a referral to a specialist for these treatments.
If you have leg pain caused by vascular issues, contact Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers for an appointment today. Reach out via phone or use this website.