Numbness In Legs Specialist

Advanced Vein & Laser Center

Vascular Surgeons & Aesthetic Specialist

If you sit in the same position for too long and then suddenly stand up, you can experience a numb, pins-and-needles sensation. However, if you have numbness in your legs on a regular basis, you should talk to Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, the vascular health experts at Advanced Vein & Laser Center, which has locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Numbness in Legs Q & A

What causes leg numbness?

There are many reasons why you can have numbness in your legs, ranging from neurological disorders to circulation problems.

At AVLC, Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand offer expert diagnosis and treatment for vascular health issues that cause leg numbness and other symptoms like cramping, aching pain, and changes to your skin.

  • Peripheral artery or vein disease: Peripheral vascular disease is a condition where your arteries or veins become narrow and limit your circulation. It’s often due to atherosclerosis, a condition where fatty plaque builds up on the insides of your arteries and veins.
  • Venous insufficiency: Venous insufficiency is a condition where the small valves in your veins don’t work correctly, and some of your blood leaks backward and eventually pools in your veins. In addition to causing varicose veins, venous insufficiency also causes symptoms like leg cramping, numbness, fatigue, and skin changes.

How is the cause of leg numbness diagnosed?

At AVLC, Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand diagnose vascular health issues like venous insufficiency and peripheral vein disease with a comprehensive consultation and diagnostic studies. They start with a conversation about your personal and family medical history. They ask about your symptoms and lifestyle.

Your doctor checks your pulse at different points in your legs, ankles, and feet. He looks for a difference in temperature in your feet and lower legs from the rest of your body, and he examines your skin for signs of texture change, discoloration, or slow-to-heal injuries and ulcers.

The doctors often use ultrasound imaging to monitor your circulation and to look for damage, weakness, or other problems that could inhibit your circulation.

How do you treat vascular health issues that cause leg numbness?

The doctors at AVLC provide a variety of treatments for venous insufficiency, depending on the extent of your condition. For example, if your condition is in its early stages, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes like getting more exercise to improve your vascular health.

However, if your condition is more advanced, your doctor may suggest medication or nonsurgical treatments like sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation to close the damaged vein. In more severe cases, you may need surgical vein removal.

If you have peripheral artery disease, lifestyle modifications are also helpful. The doctors can also provide treatments to open your veins to improve circulation.

If you’re living with numb legs and other signs of vascular health problems, call Advanced Vein & Laser Center or schedule an appointment online for diagnosis and treatment.