Leg pain can be a symptom of many different venous problems. If you’re having leg pain of any kind, it’s important to see a vein specialist such as our doctors at Advanced Vein Center in the Portland, Maine area.
Pain is an early symptom of several vein disorders, such as deep vein thrombosis, varicose or spider veins, and restless leg syndrome. Determining the type of pain, if it’s achy or sharp, whether it increases in certain situations like sitting or standing, and whether swelling of the lower leg, ankle or foot, or other symptoms also are present — these factors all will help you find the root of the problem, and then we can help treat it.
For instance, if your symptoms improve markedly when you elevate your legs for a period of time, the pain is very likely vein-related and is something we can explore and treat in our New England offices.
Spider and Varicose Veins
Leg pain caused by these conditions is sometimes accompanied by other symptoms:
- Leg heaviness
- Leg fatigue
- Leg cramping at night
- Appearance of red, blue or purple lines below the skin
Treatment options come in a wide range and are minimally invasive at Advanced Vein Center. We can treat the underlying problem veins and the surface appearance that also may trouble you.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Leg pain that results from restless leg syndrome, or RLS, is often connected to other vein problems such as varicose veins. It can include:
- Need or urge to move the legs
- Occurs often at night
- Pain or pressure in legs
- Keeps you from sleeping well
Luckily, although RLS is a bane for many vein patients, treatment of the vein issues causing restlessness has a very good track record of success, and we can work with you to end this nightly suffering.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep venous thrombosis, or DVT, is something we scan for immediately with our leg pain patients, as it can be one of the most dangerous venous conditions. It’s caused by blood clots in the legs that can lead to serious and even fatal complications when untreated. Symptoms include:
- Leg swelling in the affected legs
- Leg cramping or muscle soreness
DVT can be diagnosed and treated with medication and the use of compression stockings. We also can treat the surface vein conditions that arise with DVT, and advise you on lifestyle changes that will improve your veins and health outlook.
While nearly half of adult men and women in the U.S. will suffer from a vein disorder at some point in their lives, there are many procedures and medications available from our doctors to help get you back on the right path.
If your leg symptoms include pain, skin discoloration, leg cramping, aching or burning legs, or bulging, ropy veins, Advanced Vein Center is experienced in treating the conditions that cause these. We’ll ask you about your medical history, as many vein conditions are related to factors like heredity, age, weight, gender and lifestyle, and help you address those factors when possible.
We always focus on restoring you to full health with effective, safe vein treatments that minimize your discomfort and downtime. If you are suffering with leg pain and other troublesome leg symptoms, call us to schedule an evaluation and learn more about treatments that are available.