Leg Cramps Specialist

Advanced Vein & Laser Center

Vascular Surgeons & Aesthetic Specialist

Occasional leg cramps usually aren’t cause for concern, but sometimes leg cramps are a sign of a vascular problem that needs treatment. Vascular surgeons Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, diagnose and treat the underlying cause of leg cramps at Advanced Vein & Laser Center locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you experience leg cramps amid activity, call or book an appointment online today.

Leg Cramps Q & A

What are leg cramps?

Leg cramping or pain that occurs during exercise as a result of insufficient blood flow to the legs is also called claudication. Sometimes referred to as intermittent claudication, this condition usually affects blood vessels in your legs, but it can also occur in the arms.

Symptoms of claudication include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the feet, calves, thighs, hips, or buttocks
  • Intermittent pain that comes and goes, usually triggered by exercise
  • Discolored skin or ulcerations on the lower legs and feet
  • Skin that’s cold to the touch in the feet and toes
  • Aching or burning sensation in the legs
  • Weakness or fatigue in the legs

At first, these symptoms may only occur during exercise or activities such as walking or climbing stairs. As the condition progresses, you may start to notice leg pain and cramps even while sitting or lying down.

What vascular conditions cause leg cramps?

Leg pain and cramps may indicate a vascular problem that’s decreasing blood flow to your legs. Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand are highly trained vascular surgeons who diagnose and treat all types of vascular conditions that cause leg cramps, including:

  • Venous disease: Venous disorders affect about 80 million Americans and are about 20 times more prevalent than arterial disease. Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand treat many types of venous disorders, including varicose and spider veins, venous ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis (blood clots).
  • Arterial disease: Peripheral artery disease (PAD) results from narrowed arteries in the pelvis and legs. Many times, PAD signals widespread atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries due to a buildup of fatty deposits.

How do you diagnose and treat leg cramps?

First, Dr. Heird or Dr. Winand performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. To diagnose your specific condition, they may take additional tests such as on-site ultrasound imaging.

Then, they develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your particular needs. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, treatment may include:

  • Healthy lifestyle changes
  • Traditional sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy
  • Radiofrequency ablation

If you experience leg pain or cramping, don’t ignore this common symptom of vascular disease. Call Advanced Vein & Laser Center or book an appointment online today.