If you’re living with diabetic neuropathy or varicose veins, you’re also more likely to experience leg pain. When left untreated, leg pain can negatively affect your mobility, interfering with your ability to exercise or participate in activities you love. At Pain Medicine Inc in Lakeland, Florida, triple board-certified pain management physician Saqib Khan, MD, works with adults of all ages to diagnose and treat leg pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Leg pain is a common problem that causes inflammation, irritation, or cramping in one or both legs. For some people, it’s a minor annoyance that subsides with rest, ice, and elevation. For others, it’s an ongoing problem that gets progressively worse over time.
If you experience leg pain on a regular basis, request a consultation with Dr. Khan at Pain Medicine Inc. Receiving prompt diagnosis and treatment can address underlying conditions, prevent the pain from getting worse, and improve your outlook in the long-term.
The symptoms of leg pain vary and depend on the underlying cause. Telltale signs of leg pain include:
As leg pain continues, you might also find it difficult to take the dog for a walk, exercise, or perform other routine tasks.
Leg pain can occur for many different reasons. Some of the most common conditions that Dr. Khan treats include:
Venous diseases like varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occur due to poor circulation. When the vein valves in your legs become weak, it allows blood to flow backward and pool. This pooling can result in unsightly veins, swollen legs and feet, and venous ulcers.
Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that occurs due to unmanaged diabetes. If your blood sugar levels are too high for an extended period, it can result in permanent nerve damage. Neuropathy causes tingling or burning sensations in your legs and feet. It also increases your risk of falls, balance problems, and slow-healing wounds or ulcers.
Athletic activities like running, jumping, or playing sports increase your risk of leg pain and injuries. Some of the most common sports-related injuries that affect the legs include ankle sprains, ACL tears, MCL tears, and dislocated knees.
Treatment of leg pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause.
If your leg pain occurs due to venous insufficiency, Dr. Khan might recommend a venous ultrasound to diagnose the underlying cause and venous ablation to safely remove unsightly veins. Venous ablation causes your damaged veins to collapse, rerouting your blood to healthier pathways.
If you have diabetic neuropathy, it’s important to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Dr. Khan might also prescribe prescription medications like anti-seizure drugs or antidepressants to relieve pain.
Other treatment options for leg pain include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, spinal cord stimulation, anti-inflammatory drugs, epidural injections, facet joint injections, percutaneous disc decompression, and physical therapy.
To explore your treatment options for leg pain, schedule an appointment at Pain Medicine Inc. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.