Leg pain can interfere with your ability to enjoy a normal life. With vein diseases such as chronic vein insufficiency (CVI), lower leg pain is one of the first symptoms patients will experience. It occurs as a result of swelling and pressure build-up from blood pooling in the legs.
Patients describe the sensation as heaviness, aching, or deep throbbing in the calf, ankle, or foot. This pain is not aggravated by physical activity; rather, it occurs most often and is worsened by inactivity and standing or sitting for long periods of time. Some patients find that they experience pain in the first few steps while walking but that it lessens with continued movement. This is because leg muscles contract with activity, increasing blood flow.
Who Is at Risk?
Those who are at the greatest risk of developing CVI include women over 50 and individuals who spend a majority of time on their feet (for example, EMS, retail, or foodservice employees). Other risk factors include a sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, obesity, pregnancy, and a family history of CVI.
How Do You Treat Leg Pain?
Those who experience leg pain from CVI can experience immediate relief by elevating their feet for a period of 15-30 minutes. We recommend doing this several times a day, as it will help drain blood and alleviate pressure. We also recommend compression stockings, which aid in healthy blood flow.
To experience lasting relief, however, vein disease from CVI must be treated. We offer several minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic venous insufficiency, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), ambulatory phlebectomy, and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.
If you are experiencing leg pain, it could be due to poor circulation. Give us a call to discover your options.