You understand that when your chest tightens, you might have vascular issues, but did you know that leg pain can also be a telltale sign? If you have aches and pains in your legs on a regular basis or if they often feel fatigued, you may want to consider vascular issues as the source.
The vascular system includes the network of veins and arteries that allows blood to flow to and from all of your organs. When it is not working well, your legs might be trying to tell you something is not right. Clogged arteries can block blood from reaching the outer limbs and cause pain.
To get a diagnosis, you will need to see a medical professional. Describe what is happening to your legs and how you feel. The doctor will take a careful history and run some tests like a noninvasive arterial test. You will also have your blood pressure taken, among other things. If your leg pain is a result from arteries getting more narrow, your doctor will likely give you instructions to follow to help improve the condition. At South Texas Vein Institute, we specialize in venous diseases, and we can recommend treatment options that are tailored to your needs.
If you have leg pain due to vascular disease, medical professionals recommend that you quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight. Exercising on a regular basis can help alleviate discomfort and blood pressure and cholesterol control can also get things moving the right direction.
There are also minimally invasive techniques under the heading of endovascular surgery that can help alleviate these issues. They can remove blockages, or bypass and detour blocked areas before they get even worse. Sometimes, leg pain is due to the veins that run through the legs. Small spider veins or larger varicose veins can cause plenty of pain. While they are often visible and unsightly, they can often be cared for in a few simple manners. You can wear surgical stockings when you have to stand for long periods of time so the blood will get pushed into the system and circulate better. You should also elevate your legs when you are seated. Considering surgery to remove large clusters of problem veins, is another viable option.
You should never self-diagnose your own leg pain. It may or may not be related to vascular disease or other vascular issues. If you have leg pain, schedule a consultation appointment with our team of doctors at the South Texas Vein Institute to address the issue. You can seek testing and then move along the correct treatment path.