Most 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.