Leg pain may interfere with your quality of life, disturb your sleep, and prevent you from completing your daily tasks. Expert vascular surgeon Gary Nackman, MD, FACS, takes the time to determine the cause of your leg pain at NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center in Clifton, New Jersey. He uses the most up-to-date diagnostic technology and then custom designs a treatment plan. Whether you have leg pain from varicose veins or from other causes, Dr. Nackman and his team can help. Call NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center or use the online booking tool.
If you’re not sure why your legs are swollen or painful, you may have a problem with the veins, arteries, or nerves in your legs.
Sometimes leg pain actually originates in your back, such as the shooting pains of sciatica, which occur when your sciatic nerve is compressed. You may be prone to leg pain if you have an underlying health condition, including diabetes.
Sciatica tends to cause pain in only one leg at a time. If you have pain in both of your legs, you may have neuropathy, which is a form of nerve damage that’s common in diabetes.
Dr. Nackman advises paying special attention to the health of your feet and legs if you have diabetes.
Your arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
If the legs in your feet and legs (i.e., the peripheral arteries) become narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis, you develop a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which causes painful leg symptoms such as:
Dr. Nackman may recommend changes to your diet and exercise routine to improve your PAD. He may also recommend medications that break down the plaque in your arteries or refer you to a specialist who focuses on arterial disease and dysfunction.
If you have varicose veins, those gnarled and bulging blue and purple veins have abnormal valves that don’t close properly resulting in blood pooling and symptoms such as:
Healthy veins carry deoxygenated blood from your legs back up to your heart. Normal veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from pooling in your legs.
Dr. Nackman bases your treatment on all of the factors involved in your leg pain. He may recommend sclerotherapy, lasers, medications, or surgery.
Your leg pain may also improve with simple lifestyle adjustments, such as increasing your activity level and losing weight. Dr. Nackman may also recommend wearing compression stockings to reduce swelling and improve circulation.
To find out why your legs hurt and get the treatment you deserve, contact NJ Vein Care and Aesthetics Center by phone or online form.