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 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:
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.
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:
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:
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.