Leg cramps, also known as a “charley horses” typically affect the calf and thigh muscle of the leg and cause great pain to the individual. Leg muscle cramps are a common issue, occur during both the day and night, and leg cramps are often caused by vein problems. To determine if your leg night cramps, charley horses, and leg pain are caused by vein problems, the first step is to schedule a consultation at Mountcastle Vein Centers.
Many family doctors often prescribe water pills, exercise regimens, massage, or temperature therapy, however these “treatments” only temporarily mask the symptoms of leg cramps and fail to treat the underlying vein problems that are causing the leg cramps.
The vein problem most associated with leg night cramps is that of “Venous Reflux.” Venous Reflux affects approximately 4 in every 10 adults in the United States. In Venous Reflux, the blood does not properly circulate through the veins towards the heart. The veins are unable to carry the blood towards the heart and this blood then pools in the veins themselves. Sometimes, this pooled blood even leaks through the veins into the surrounding leg muscle and tissue.
The body reacts by forcing the muscles to tightly contract and cramp, also known as a muscle spasm. The desired effect from the body is that the muscles will “squeeze” this blood back to the heart. Although the blood is partially squeezed back towards the heart, new blood pumped into the vein is still unable to properly circulate back towards the heart. This causes another, sudden muscle cramp and the cycle continues.
To properly treat leg cramps so that they do not come back, one must treat the vein problem of Venous Reflux that is causing the leg cramps. By using Diagnostic Duplex Ultrasound, Mountcastle Vein Centers can identify if you have Venous Reflux that may be causing your leg cramps and pain. Mountcastle Vein Centers’ vein specialists then treat the veins with Venous Reflux that cause your restless legs. Mountcastle Vein Centers performs this treatment using state-of-the-art procedures such as EVLT Laser Procedure, Sclerotherapy, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, and Vein Gogh Radiofrequency treatment.
The first step to determining whether your leg cramps are caused by vein problems is to schedule a free, educational Leg Cramps Consultation at Mountcastle Vein Centers. Your Leg Cramps Consultation is completely free of charge, and this visit will not be billed to your insurance.
To schedule your Leg Cramps Consultation, please call us at (727) 865-6941. Our office staff is available from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.