Leg Pain Specialist

GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center

Board-Certified General Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Brandon, FL

While occasional joint or muscle pain is a normal part of life, persistent leg pain could be a sign of a serious medical condition. At GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center in Brandon, Florida, Dr. Butterick and Dr. Hall can help diagnose and treat your chronic leg pain. Schedule an appointment today for a thorough diagnostic work-up and a customized treatment plan. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply call the office.

Leg Pain Q & A

What is the cause of chronic leg pain?

There are a number of things that can cause leg pain, including issues with your muscles, bones, or joints. Ongoing pain that occurs without exertion or traumatic injury could be related to a venous condition.

Some of the more common causes of leg pain include:

  • Blood clots
  • Claudication
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Varicose veins

Before coming in to see your doctor, be sure to make a list of your symptoms. Include information on when the pain occurs, how long it lasts, and whether it seems related to any particular activity or environmental conditions.

What are some risk factors for venous leg pain?

There are several things that can contribute to your risk of developing venous leg pain.

Some risk factors are out of your control. They include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Certain cancers
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Age over 50

Many other risk factors are conditions that you can work to improve, including:

  • Obesity
  • Varicose veins
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle

At GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center, the medical team focuses not only on treating chronic leg pain, but also on helping you address the underlying causes of those conditions in an effort to improve your overall quality of life.

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome is a nervous system disorder that creates an urgent need to move your legs. It can be incredibly uncomfortable and can interfere with your ability to complete normal daily tasks or get a good night’s sleep.

An estimated 10% of the American population suffers with restless leg syndrome. Many report sensations of “pins and needles” or itchiness in their legs, and find that movement is the only way to stop those sensations. Restless leg syndrome affects men, women, and even some children.

Some people find relief through lifestyle modifications, like avoiding substances that trigger their condition. Addressing health issues like diabetes, anemia, kidney disease, and varicose veins can also provide relief.

The condition can be effectively treated with physical therapy, stretching, hot/cold therapy, and massage. Medication is also an option; it can help by increasing dopamine, relieving pain, helping you sleep, and changing the way your nervous system communicates with your brain.

Don’t let leg pain control your days and nights. Schedule an appointment with GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center today.