Leg Pain Specialist

Douglas Vascular Center

Vascular Surgeons & Venous Specialists located in Douglas, GA

When your legs hurt, you may have trouble standing or walking. If your leg pain isn’t due to an acute injury, William H. Davis, MD, FACS, and the vascular experts at Douglas Vascular Center in Douglas, Georgia, first determine the cause and then devise an integrative, custom-designed treatment plan to get you back on your feet. They use the most state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques available to identify and resolve your leg pain. Contact the friendly Douglas Vascular Center team by phone or use the online form.

Leg Pain

Why do I have leg pain?

Much leg pain is caused by an acute injury when you’ve been in an accident or suffered trauma. However, when you’re not sure why your legs hurt, the experts at Douglas Vascular Center take the time to thoroughly examine your legs, take a complete medical history, and order or perform diagnostic studies that help them determine if your leg pain is due to problems in your:

  • Arteries
  • Veins
  • Nerves

They customize a treatment plan based on their diagnosis.

How do arteries cause leg pain?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common complication of diabetes, but it is also very common in patients with hypertension or a family history of arterial disease. If you have PAD, the arteries in your legs may have hardened, narrowed, or become blocked, so that your blood can’t flow freely. Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Cramps
  • Weak legs
  • Numbness
  • Pain in the calf or buttocks brought on by walking
  • Sores that arise on their own, or injuries that heal slowly, or not at all

Usually, the measurement of blood pressures in the feet plus a detailed duplex ultrasound of the arteries of the legs can determine if your arteries are diseased; these tests can also pinpoint which vessels may need to be treated.  These tests are performed without contrast injections or exposure to radiation. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes or medications to improve your arterial health. Severe cases can almost always be treated at Douglas Vascular with angiography and minimally invasive treatments.  Untreated PAD can lead to serious complications, such as gangrene and amputation, so never ignore symptoms, especially if you have diabetes.

How do veins cause leg pain?

Visible, twisting blue or purple varicose veins can cause leg pain. Varicose veins are veins with weak muscular walls and valves that can’t push your blood back toward your heart efficiently.  Venous symptoms can also arise from obstruction of the deep veins in the pelvis, particularly in patients who have had a deep vein blood clot (DVT) in the past. Symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes
  • Pain and tightness
  • Tired legs
  • Ulcers or bleeding
  • Recurrent skin infection (cellulitis) of the lower leg

Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, wearing compression stockings, or injectable sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins. Deep vein obstruction can be treated by deep venous stenting.  Deep venous stenting is best performed using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS); this is a minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment. If you have severe or symptomatic varicose veins, your doctor may recommend other minimally invasive treatments. 

How do nerves cause leg pain?

Pinched nerves and neuropathy are common sources of nerve-related leg pain. You may have a pinched nerve if your spinal canal narrows (a condition known as spinal stenosis) because of aging or arthritis, or if a slipped disc presses against the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include:

  • Shooting pains down the leg (i.e., sciatica)
  • Burning or cramping 
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Tired, weak legs

Neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that’s a common complication of diabetes. Sciatica tends to cause pain and numbness in only one leg; if both of your legs hurt, you may have neuropathy. If the professionals at Douglas Vascular rule out a vascular cause for your leg pain, they may consider referring you for evaluation and treatment by a physician specializing in nerve compression. Depending on the cause of your nerve pain, you may respond to lifestyle changes, medications, or surgery.

Find out what’s causing your leg pain with a comprehensive examination, work-up, and, if indicated, treatments at Douglas Vascular Center. Call today or use the online contact form.