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Leg Pain Causes and Treatments

Leg Pain
Written by Dr. Gesner

Frequent or ongoing leg pain can range from being a minor annoyance to affecting your quality of life. Aches, fatigue, burning, heaviness or other discomfort can indicate an underlying problem with vein health or circulation, the signs of which may not always be visible. This article outlines some of the most common causes of leg pain and methods of treatment.

Common Causes of Leg Aches and Pain

Leg pain and discomfort can be caused by many factors including sports injuries, sprains, leg cramps, tight IT bands, shin splints, and more.

But what about less apparent factors beneath the skin? Aching or throbbing sensations in the legs can be caused by vascular issues such as poor circulation or varicose veins. Some enlarged veins may be hiding from view below the skin’s surface and could be the source of your leg pain and discomfort. Ultrasound technology can be used to find hidden varicose veins so leg pain sufferers can get relief through treatment.

How Do Varicose Veins Cause Leg Pain?

As you age, your veins may lose elasticity and expand. In addition, the valves inside your veins, which are designed to defy gravity and keep blood flowing from your legs to your heart, become weakened or worn. When the valves can’t properly control blood flow, excess blood can pool in your legs causing enlarged, twisted veins known as varicose veins. This can cause tingling, burning, throbbing, heaviness, or restless sensations.

Treatments for Leg Pain

Coastal Vein Vascular Institute offers safe, advanced treatments for leg pain, which may include:

Compression Therapy

Compression stockings give your veins a boost by improving circulation and keeping blood flowing from the legs back to the heart. Medical compression stockings are prescribed by a doctor and are proven to help relieve the painful symptoms of varicose veins in many patients. In addition, compression stockings can help keep varicose veins from worsening.

Vein Ablation

This safe and effective procedure involves inserting a small, fine catheter into the affected vein and treating it with a laser. Discomfort and recovery time is minimal so you can get back to work quickly.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This minimally invasive treatment may be used after or along with vein ablation. Using local anesthesia, a very small incision is made along the vein to remove it. The incision is so small that no stitches are needed. Patients are happy with their immediate results and no downtime is needed for recovery.

Contact us for comprehensive vein care.

If you are experiencing leg pain or discomfort, the board-certified physicians at our Jacksonville vein clinic can help. Contact us today to request an appointment.

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