Why do my legs hurt?

“Why do my legs hurt” is a question the doctors at AVLC are often asked. Many patients initially suspect their leg pain is due to reasons unrelated to venous conditions. However, many times, patients are found to have varicose veins that are causing their legs to ache.

Varicose veins are more prominent in the legs because of the pressure generated from standing for long periods of time. These bulging veins can lead to leg pain, but also more serious issues, and should be examined by a doctor as soon as they start to appear. Over time, you may notice painful cramps or throbbing, itching, or pigment changes in the skin. This could be a sign that the problem is worsening. Varicose veins is particularly common among people approaching their later years, due to weakening valves that are struggling to pump blood to and from the heart.

Researchers have discovered a number of other factors that can be linked to vein disease. Obesity, for one, puts too much pressure on the veins, causing changes in blood flow. Diagnoses for people who are overweight can be difficult without specialized instruments, since veins are often hidden beneath extraneous fat. Because of the extended periods spent standing or sitting in one place, people suffering from obesity who exercise infrequently are at an even greater risk than those who don’t. In either case, women are more susceptible to the illness, especially during pregnancy and menopause when hormone changes dramatically affect the rate of blood flow.

In instances where the problem areas are hard to spot, other symptoms may point to issues. One of the more common signs of vein disease is achy legs, but that’s not to say other indicators, such as blood clots, will not be present. Using an ultrasound machine, doctors can examine how well the veins are functioning in order to establish a diagnosis. Other complications, including ulcers (which occur because of a collection of fluid near the skin) and abnormal bleeding (where small amounts of blood have broken through the skin; particularly in the legs), can signal the presence of varicose veins.

Treatment for achy legs and other problems caused by vein disease is usually a moderately straight forward procedure. In most cases, doctors can simply remove or terminate damaged veins, restoring a natural, healthy appearance to the skin. Thanks to technology that has emerged over the past few decades, doctors have made vast improvements in treatment methods. Using heat from radio waves, they can reduce the size of the veins until the capillary walls collapse. This process is completed without harming any nearby vessels or affecting their blood flow.

Consuming less carbs and adding more fiber to your diet can help maintain a healthy flow of blood and prevent leg pain caused by varicose veins. However, exercise may be the most effective solution. It is the best way to lower blood pressure, which improves circulation and inspires weight loss.

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