Leg Pain Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

If you’re like most people, you associate leg pain with a sports injury or a pulled muscle. But leg pain is a common symptom of vascular disease. Getting help for that type of leg pain requires the expertise of the team at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County. They specialize in diagnosing and treating the full range of vascular problems that affect your legs, such as peripheral artery disease and varicose veins. If you have persistent leg pain, don’t wait to seek help. Call the office or schedule an appointment through the online booking system today.

Leg Pain Q & A

What vascular conditions cause leg pain?

Leg pain often signals one of the following conditions:

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

PAD develops as cholesterol plaque builds up in the artery wall, a condition called atherosclerosis. As the plaque enlarges and blocks blood flow, your muscles can’t get enough oxygen to support activity. 

As a result, you develop leg pain when you walk or participate in athletic activities. Then the pain improves when you rest.

Chronic venous insufficiency

The veins in your legs work against gravity as they carry deoxygenated blood up your legs. A series of one-way valves keeps blood flowing in the right direction. 

When a valve fails, however, some of the blood refluxes and goes down the leg. That’s when you have chronic venous insufficiency, a condition that leads to leg pain and complications like nonhealing ulcers.

Varicose veins

You develop varicose veins when the backward-flowing blood (due to weak valves) accumulates in the vein. The veins become engorged with blood and turn into dark bluish-purple, twisted, and bulging varicose veins.

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when you have a blood clot in a vein that’s deep in the center of your leg. Slow-moving blood, an injury, inflammation, and sitting for a long time can all result in deep vein thrombosis.

What other symptoms accompany leg pain?

The vascular conditions responsible for leg pain also cause symptoms such as:

  • Leg swelling
  • Muscle cramps
  • Heavy-feeling legs
  • Itchy legs
  • Skin rashes
  • Thick, discolored skin
  • Hair loss on the affected leg
  • Venous or arterial ulcers

Venous and arterial ulcers are open wounds that don’t heal without intensive wound care.

How is leg pain treated?

After reviewing your medical history and symptoms and completing a physical exam, your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego may perform an ultrasound evaluation to accurately diagnose the source of your leg pain.

Your treatment depends on the underlying condition. Deep vein thrombosis is treated with clot-dissolving medications and blood thinners.

Treatment for venous insufficiency and varicose veins often begins with compression stockings to improve circulation. When you have severe symptoms, these vascular conditions are treated with minimally invasive procedures such as:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Endovenous ablation
  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Atherectomy

Don’t wait to seek treatment for leg pain because vascular conditions can lead to life-threatening complications, including stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.

To get exceptional care for your leg pain, call Vascular Associates of San Diego or book an appointment online today.