Leg Pain

Vascular Specialists

Vascular Surgeons located in Tinley Park, IL & Evergreen Park, IL

Leg pain can make daily life difficult and sometimes impossible. At Vascular Specialists in Tinley Park, Illinois and Munster, Indiana the expert practitioners offer evaluation and treatment of your leg pain when it’s caused by arterial or venous reasons. In most cases, your leg pain can be managed conservatively and with minimally-invasive treatments in-office. If required, the team can also provide expert surgical relief. If you experience leg pain, contact Vascular Specialists at the most convenient location by phone or via this website.

Leg Pain Q & A

What are venous causes of leg pain?

When you have faulty vein valves in your legs, blood pools in the veins rather than returning to the heart as it should. This causes varicose veins, which show up puffy, often raised, twisting, and swollen. In addition to being aesthetically displeasing, they can make your legs feel heavy, achy, and painful.

Varicose veins can itch and burn as well as cause swelling. The veins can also lead to other significant complications.

What are arterial causes of leg pain?

Peripheral artery disease causes leg pain when arteries that lead to your arms and legs are clogged, limiting the blood they need to function correctly.

Peripheral artery disease can cause painful cramping in the legs, along with numbness and weakness. 

You may also notice that your affected feet are cold to the touch or the skin is shiny. Sores and ulcers can develop and are often slow to heal. With peripheral artery disease, the pain may be most noticeable with movement only to resolve after you sit still. With time, though, peripheral artery disease can cause pain that disrupts sleep.

Peripheral artery disease also suggests that you have a widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries. These deposits can threaten the function of your heart and brain.

How is leg pain treated?

Leg pain due to varicose veins may be treated with conservative treatments such as compression stockings and lifestyle changes. 

When these interventions aren’t enough, you may need sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a saline-based solution into affected veins so they shrink and disappear. Sclerotherapy is usually best for spider veins, which are smaller and more superficial than varicose veins.

Endovenous ablation is a procedure in which radiofrequency or laser technology is used to cauterize the damaged veins, which are then absorbed by your body.

Leg pain due to peripheral artery disease may be resolved with minimally-invasive techniques to restore blood flow using balloons or stents or procedures that involve shaving plaque from vessel walls to widen the arteries. The best course of treatment depends on your particular case.

If you have leg pain due to venous or arterial problems, call Vascular Specialists or use this website to book an appointment.