Leg cramps are a common sign that you have may have venous insufficiency, i.e. varicose veins. The only way to know for sure is to go to a professional varicose vein treatment center and get a duplex ultrasound performed on your legs.
A duplex ultrasound will allow you and the doctor performing the test to view the blood flow inside the veins in your leg.
This test will also let you and your doctor take a close three-dimensional look at the inner portions of your leg veins to look for abnormalities, such as dysfunctioning vein valves and blood clots forming on the inner walls of your leg veins. It can be a little “spooky” to have such a good look inside your own body but most people find it fascinating nonetheless.
Varicose veins can cause leg cramps with no visible signs of varicose veins.
Some people don’t seek varicose vein treatment, or even realize they have varicose veins, because they don’t actually see the hallmark sign of blue or red twisted veins just under the surface of their skin. This problem arises from the fact that many varicose veins cannot be seen from the surface of the skin. Varicosity can occur in deeper veins and often do. It’s also true that if you see just a few minor signs of varicose veins at the surface of the skin, you may actually have a much more severe varicose vein problem deep down in your legs.
We need to educate people more about the other signs of varicose veins than actually seeing them at the surface of the skin. Leg cramps is one of the main symptoms of varicose veins. The symptom of “leg cramps” can actually be expressed in a variety of ways.
You may have a feeling of “heavy legs.” You may experience “restless leg syndrome” in the middle of the night.
Your legs may ache for no obvious reason, such as over exercising. You may just be sitting at your desk in the middle of the day and find your legs staring to ache. Your legs may also swell and or throb to the point they hurt and cramp. The only way to know for sure if any of theses symptoms related to leg cramps are indicative of varicose veins is to go to a varicose vein treatment and get a duplex ultrasound test that will give you the inside 3D picture of what is happening when you have leg cramps.
Leg cramps can be caused by several underlying conditions.
There are many causes for leg cramps, whether they be persistent aches or sudden “Charley horses” in the middle of the night. For example, people who don’t drink enough fluids, and or who perspire a lot, may become dehydrated and this often causes leg cramps.
Deficiency in minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium can also cause varying degrees of leg cramps.
Intense physical exertion, like over exercising a long time on a treadmill or doing strenuous yard work in the hot summer sun can cause leg cramps, even days after you expend this extra energy and labor.
Certain medical conditions, other than varicose veins, such as diabetic nerve disease, other forms of peripheral neuropathy, osteoarthritis, heart disease, thyroid disease, and peripheral artery disease due to high cholesterol can also cause leg cramps. The only way to know for sure if varicose veins are the cause of your leg cramps is to go to a varicose vein treatment center and ask them to do a duplex ultrasound scan of your legs. Please note too that the causes of arterial disease are not the same as venous disease, even though both involve blood vessels.
Visit Metro Vein Centers for a free evaluation.
Metro Vein Centers is one of the best known and well respected varicose vein treatment centers in the United States. They have several locations spread across several states. Some people actually make plans to go out of state to visit one when they want the best varicose vein treatment possible.
It’s worth going a bit out of your way to go to one of the Metro Vein Centers because they are all staffed with highly experienced vein doctors who specialize in this one area of medicine. If you think you might need varicose vein treatment, it’s important to get highly specialized treatment in this area and not just depend on the advice of a doctor who may not deal with many cases of varicose veins each year and who may not be up on all the latest procedures available.