Do you have leg pain?

Old man knee painMost people don’t like leg day at the gym. Why? Because your legs have some of the largest muscle groups in the body, and when they are sore it’s not fun. If you overdo a workout, it can take a couple of days for that pain to subside.

But did you know that leg pain can also be a sign of vein issues? Let’s talk through the types of muscles in your legs, then we’ll delve into the symptoms that accompany conditions associated with veins.

Three main muscle groups in your legs stretch down from your hips and gluteus maximus.

  • Quadriceps are a group of four different muscles and are some of the strongest and leanest muscles in the body. They stretch from the front of your hips to your knee.
  • Hamstrings are a group of three muscles found at the back of the thigh stretching from the hip to the knee.
  • Calf muscles stretch from your knees to your ankles. They are quite flexible to enable walking and standing.

Your circulatory system provides the blood with the oxygen these major muscle groups need to function so you can stand, walk and be active. The blood is pumped from the heart down to the feet and back up again to the heart to be reoxygenated. It’s a long way for the blood to travel, and vein issues can develop on the journey. Injuries or other conditions that affect the circulatory system in these major muscle groups can cause problems as well.

As you age, leg pain can become more common. Your weight, lifestyle and other factors can cause issues that may affect these large muscle groups and your circulation. If you are experiencing pain, see your family doctor. If your doctor rules out an injury or condition, book a free consultation with our team.

Vein issues, like varicose and spider veins, can cause significant pain and discomfort before the problem is visually discernible. Our doctors will perform a thorough examination, including an ultrasound of the tissue to look for underlying issues. They will also ask you about other symptoms you may be experiencing, including:

  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Feelings of heaviness in your legs, especially at the end of the day
  • Swollen ankles
  • Aches and pains that get worse throughout the day, and the longer you stand
  • Restless legs at night
  • Leg cramps

All of these discomforts could be signs of lower extremity venous insufficiency, the condition that can cause varicose or spider veins. Vein wall issues can cause inadequate blood flow leading to poor circulation and blockages.

If you think vein issues are causing your pain, give us a call. A consultation is free, and most treatment options are relatively simple. You shouldn’t feel like every day is leg day at the gym. The major muscle groups in your legs need the blood and oxygen delivered by your veins. When blockages or issues occur, we can help. Call us today.

5 ways to stop nighttime leg cramps

Tired businesswoman working overtime at home at nightThere are a lot of things that can interrupt your sleep. A bad mattress, a snoring partner, bad dreams, insomnia—the list goes on and on. But one of the most annoying and painful sleep interruptions can be leg cramps, and they can be very common at night.

Some people are more prone to cramps at night. Some of the risk factors include:

  • Too much sitting
  • Dehydration
  • Overworked muscles
  • Too much standing
  • Wearing footwear that isn’t supportive
  • Varicose or spider veins

You may also be more prone to leg cramps if you suffer from medical conditions like diabetes, Parkinson’s and other illnesses and disorders. Even if you don’t have any of these risk factors, a painful leg cramp can still strike during the night. How can you stop this from happening? Try a few of these tips:

  • Stretch before bed. Leg cramps occur when the muscles contract. A quick stretching session before bed can loosen up tight muscles.
  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration can cause muscle constriction. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages a few hours before bed.
  • Take a cold shower before bed. Your blood vessels shrink in cold temperatures. Cooling down before you sleep can help cut down on swelling and leg cramps during the night.
  • Use loose covers. As lovely as it can feel to swaddle up in your sheets during the night, the constriction can be hard on your body. Loose bedding will help you feel more comfortable.
  • Eat a banana. The old wives’ tale is true! Bananas can help combat cramps. They are a rich source of potassium which can help stop cramps before they start.

Nighttime leg cramps are painful and can interrupt your sleep. There can be many reasons why you may be experiencing them, and vein issues may be one of the reasons. If you are continually suffering from cramps, especially in the same area of your legs each time, it could be a sign of an underlying vein problem.

Book an appointment with us, and our doctors will perform an examination and ultrasound to check for any signs of vein disease. They can then recommend treatment to deal with the problem. Stop letting painful leg cramps wake you up at night. Let’s get you checked out!