Did you know that leg pain is a top symptom of vascular conditions? Without treatment, the vein problems responsible for leg pain only get worse and cause potentially serious complications. At Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC, Carol White, MD, offers comprehensive care for leg pain, including diagnostic vascular ultrasound and advanced treatment with VenaSeal™ Closure System and the ClosureFast™ Procedure. To learn more, call the office in Morgantown, West Virginia, or request an appointment online today.
Leg pain develops when a problem in your blood vessels interferes with the flow of blood. Peripheral artery disease causes leg pain that appears when you’re active and goes away at rest.
Two vein conditions, venous insufficiency and deep vein thrombosis, lead to leg pain, cramps, and a range of leg symptoms.
One-way valves in your legs keep blood flowing up the legs and toward your heart. When one or more valves weaken, some blood flows back down the leg. This condition is called venous insufficiency.
As the refluxing blood builds up in the vein, you end up with varicose veins that may or may not be visible on the skin’s surface. Venous insufficiency also raises the blood pressure in your lower leg, leading to ongoing problems in the leg.
A DVT, which is a blood clot in a deep leg vein, may contribute to venous insufficiency, but it poses a bigger threat. If the blood clot breaks free, it can travel to your lungs and cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Though leg pain is one of the earliest and most common signs of vascular disease, venous insufficiency causes other symptoms.
You may experience:
The high pressure caused by venous insufficiency forces fluids out of the veins in your lower leg. As the fluids break down your skin, an ulcer or open wound develops. Without specialized wound care, these ulcers enlarge, putting you at risk for dangerous skin and bone infections.
Dr. White performs diagnostic imaging such as vascular ultrasound to determine the reason for your leg pain. Then she develops an individualized treatment plan based on the underlying cause and the severity of your vascular disease.
As a vein specialist, Dr. White treats venous insufficiency using two advanced techniques:
VenaSeal uses a medical adhesive to seal the vein walls together, and then your body reroutes blood through healthy veins. As a result, this treatment restores normal circulation and eliminates damaged valves and varicose veins.
ClosureFast uses radiofrequency ablation to close diseased veins and get rid of faulty valves and varicose veins. Dr. White guides the ClosureFast catheter through your blood vessels to the targeted veins. Then she sends radiofrequency energy through the catheter to the vein walls, allowing the controlled heat to seal the vein.
If you have leg pain, varicose veins, or other symptoms of venous disease, call Dr. White’s Vein Center and Morgantown SculpSure & Clear Ink, PLLC or request an appointment online today.