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Have Your Painful Leg Cramps Gotten Worse Over Time? This Common Circulation Issue May Be The Reason

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If a day on the job leaves you with tired, swollen, aching legs, you’re not alone. Many people who spend most of their shift on their feet – including teachers, nurses, law enforcement personnel, and retail workers – experience leg cramps. But when these leg cramps become chronic – meaning that you’re experiencing them on a regular basis, to a degree that interferes with your ability to do the things you need to do, they’re a problem.

Have your painful leg cramps gotten worse over time? Thinking back to when you first became aware of your aching legs and comparing them to the pain you’re experiencing now, has there been a change in the intensity or frequency?

Leg cramps that occur because you’ve exercised too much tend to maintain a steady level of intensity. The pain you feel when you’re 28 will be very similar to the pain you feel when you’re 38, 48, or even older. On the other hand, there’s a common circulation issue that causes leg cramps that does get progressively worse over time, which means if you’re experiencing more and more pain from your leg cramps, you’re going to want to talk to your doctor about venous insufficiency.

What is Venous Insufficiency?

Venous Insufficiency is one of the most common circulation issues people experience. You don’t have to be old to have venous insufficiency – in fact, most people have it to some degree by the time they’re 35 – but the condition does progress over time.

Venous insufficiency happens when the blood vessels in your legs aren’t doing their job properly. The blood that’s supposed to make its way to your heart gets there at a slower pace than it’s meant to. When blood pools in your blood vessels, it creates a condition known as venous stasis. This causes painful leg cramps, and if left unchecked, can contribute to very serious health conditions, including pulmonary embolisms.

 

Treatment Options for Venous Insufficiency

The good news is you don’t have to live with your chronic leg pain forever – and you certainly don’t have to deal with the awful prospect of the painful leg cramps steadily getting worse. Discovering whether or not you have venous insufficiency involves a quick and painless diagnostic ultrasound. Treatment for venous insufficiency can take as little as 30 minutes, with a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. You’ll be back on your feet the same day and feeling better fast!

For more information and to schedule your diagnostic ultrasound, reach out to us.

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