Leg pain is a common symptom of disease affecting the blood vessels and arteries. If your legs regularly cramp, ache, or adversely affect your mobility, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Imaging & Interventional Specialists in El Paso, Texas, Gethin Williams MD, PhD, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating leg pain. Using minimally invasive procedures, they can limit the discomfort and improve your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or book a consultation online today.
Leg pain is a common problem that affects millions of Americans. Typically, it occurs due to general wear-and-tear or minor injuries. However, it can also point to more serious health problems that affect your veins and arteries.
Leg pain can occur for various reasons, but the team at Imaging & Interventional Specialists focuses on leg pain caused by vein and artery problems, including:
PAD affects about 8.5 million Americans. It occurs when your arteries narrow overtime, inhibiting blood flow to your arms and legs. One of the most common symptoms of PAD is leg pain when walking. Healthy lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising, can provide significant relief.
DVT is a potentially serious condition that causes blood clots to form deep within your leg veins. Some people with DVT experience no symptoms; others experience leg pain and swelling. Common causes of DVT include medical conditions that cause clotting and long periods of rest following surgery or an accident.
Without prompt treatment, DVT can cause a pulmonary embolism that occurs when a blood clot enters your bloodstream and lodges in your lungs.
Varicose veins have a thick rope-like appearance and occur on the thighs and calves. Usually, they’re a cosmetic concern, but in some cases, may increase the risk of DVT. Thanks to modern treatments, it’s possible to safely remove them during an outpatient procedure.
To diagnose leg pain, the Imaging & Interventional Specialists team reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a physical exam. Your provider carefully observes your legs, looking for signs of swelling, tenderness, or discolored skin.
If you have a high risk of blood clots, your provider also orders an angiogram. An angiogram is a diagnostic procedure that uses X-rays to capture images of your blood vessels. Before getting an angiogram, your provider injects a small amount of contrast dye into your body to make your veins more visible.
Treatment for leg pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. In some cases, healthy lifestyle changes are enough to limit pain. For example, the team might recommend getting more exercise, changing your diet, or wearing compression stockings.
If you have varicose veins, you might benefit from a minimally invasive treatment like endovenous laser ablation or sclerotherapy.
If you have PAD, the team might recommend angioplasty. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to restore blood flow throughout your body. During angioplasty, your provider inserts a catheter with a balloon at the end, into an artery. After placing the catheter, your provider inflates the balloon to push the plaque outward and widen it.
To learn more about the various treatment options for leg pain, schedule an appointment at Imaging & Interventional Specialists. Call the office, or book a consultation online today.