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Leg Cramps

Wellness and Surgery

Wellness Center located in Ardsley, NY

Leg cramps are common, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer from this painful and debilitating problem. Jonathan Arad, MD, Michelle Molina, MD, and the team at Wellness and Surgery diagnose and treat leg cramps with a quick ultrasound test at their office in Ardsley, New York, and locations across New York and New Jersey. If you experience leg cramps, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Leg Cramps Q & A

What are leg cramps?

Also known as Charley horses, leg cramps are involuntary muscle contractions that cause sudden, intense pain. These contractions can affect the calves, feet, and thigh muscles. Leg cramps often strike at night while you’re trying to sleep, but they can occur at any time of day.

 

Leg cramps can go away in a matter of seconds, but the average duration is nine minutes — during which it’s nearly impossible to focus on anything but the pain. Additionally, these cramps can leave you feeling sore and tender for up to 24 hours afterward.

 

If leg cramps interrupt your sleep or otherwise affect your quality of life, the team at Wellness and Surgery can help. They offer quick and simple ultrasound exams to determine the root cause of your leg cramps so you can find relief.

What causes leg cramps?

Many factors influence leg cramps, including exercise, sleep habits, and dehydration. Leg cramps can also be due to various medical conditions, such as:

 

  • Vascular diseases like venous insufficiency
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Nerve irritation or compression
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes, especially Type 2
  • Hormonal problems like thyroid disease
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Kidney disease

 

Leg cramps are a common symptom of venous insufficiency, a condition that occurs when the veins in your legs don’t push blood back to your heart effectively.

 

Chronic venous insufficiency can lead to venous stasis, which is when blood pools in your veins. This pooled blood is full of waste products depleted of oxygen, which can cause cramping. In addition to leg cramps, venous insufficiency can cause symptoms like varicose veins and spider veins.

How are leg cramps treated?

The team at Wellness and Surgery offers individualized treatment for leg cramps. For leg pain and cramping related to vascular disease and venous insufficiency, treating the underlying vein problem stops the cramps from happening. They also offer IV therapy for dehydration.

To address venous insufficiency, the team uses an effective, minimally invasive technique like ultrasound-guided endovenous vein ablation, which uses energy to burn and close veins.

To find relief from leg cramps, call Wellness and Surgery today, or request an appointment online.