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Can Varicose Veins Cause Leg Cramps?

Can Varicose Veins Cause Leg Cramps?

Millions of Americans experience the cosmetic effects and physical symptoms associated with varicose veins. These enlarged, twisted veins often occur in the legs and can cause various problems, from mild aching discomfort to cramping leg pain that can spoil your sleep.

Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Gary Nackman provides the most advanced treatments for varicose veins and other venous conditions at NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center in Oradell and Clifton, New Jersey.

Read more from Dr. Nackman and his team regarding leg cramps and other physical symptoms that can occur with varicose veins and the minimally invasive treatments available for this common issue.

Understanding varicose veins and their symptoms

Varicose veins occur when the valves in veins become weakened or damaged, causing blood to pool, leading to increased pressure within the veins, which results in their characteristic bulging and twisting appearance.

Some people with varicose veins may not experience symptoms other than cosmetic concerns. However, others experience significant problems due to poor circulation, fluid accumulation, inflammation, and skin changes related to varicose veins.

Leg cramps and other symptoms related to varicose veins

Symptoms linked to varicose veins can vary and may include:

Leg cramps are another common complaint among individuals with varicose veins. These cramps typically occur at night and can range from mild twinges to intense spasms that disrupt sleep. 

Additionally, varicose veins can increase your risk of blood clots and stasis dermatitis, a skin condition that is a form of eczema.

Managing varicose veins

Our NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center team offers personalized treatment for varicose veins that address your specific concerns. Your treatment begins with a thorough evaluation to identify faulty veins, including diagnostic imaging with ultrasound technology.

Based on his findings, Dr. Nackman may recommend lifestyle modifications such as regular exercise, elevating your legs, wearing compression stockings, and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing to help alleviate discomfort and improve vein health.

If you have significant symptoms or are concerned about aesthetics, we offer a range of minimally invasive treatments that address vein issues. 

Advanced therapies such as Venefit®, Varithena®, and Asclera® close the affected veins, solving the circulatory and cosmetic effects of varicose veins.

Call our Oradell or Clifton, New Jersey office or request an appointment online to schedule an evaluation at NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center today.

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