Board Certified Vascular Surgeons located in Watkinsville, GA
You may expect to “feel the burn” after a heavy workout, but leg burning can also be a symptom of an underlying circulation problem. If you have ongoing leg burning, the board-certified vascular surgeons at University Vascular in Watkinsville, Georgia, can provide answers. They use advanced tools and techniques to find the root cause of your leg burning and provide care to alleviate symptoms. Call the office closest to your or book an appointment online today.
Leg Burning Q & A
What is leg burning?
Leg burning is a sensation that may have an obvious explanation or be a sign of an underlying health condition.
That burning sensation you feel in your legs after an intense workout develops because of a buildup of lactic acid. This type of leg burning goes away once you stop exercising.
Your leg burning sensation may also be a sign of a more serious health condition.
What health conditions cause leg burning?
There are many health conditions that cause leg burning.
Restless leg syndrome
People with restless leg syndrome feel an uncontrollable urge to move their legs when they’re relaxing or sleeping. The urge may be preceded by an uncomfortable sensation in your leg.
Though restless leg syndrome symptoms vary from person to person, leg burning is one of the common symptoms.
Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that occur from damage to the valves or walls of the veins. These visible veins can cause discomfort in your legs, such as leg burning, aching, or itchiness, which may indicate a circulation issue.
Venous insufficiency is a condition that affects normal blood circulation because of damage to the vein. Leg burning is a symptom you may experience with this common circulation problem.
What happens during a leg burning evaluation?
University Vascular conducts a thorough history and physical to determine the underlying cause of your leg burning.
During your exam, they ask detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, and the types of medications and supplements you take. They also perform a physical and closely examine the leg that’s causing problems.
To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, your provider may perform various diagnostic tests, such as a blood test or vascular ultrasound. If they suspect your leg burning is due to restless leg syndrome, they may refer you to a sleep center for a sleep study.
How is leg burning treated?
Treatment for leg burning depends on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and your personal preferences.
University Vascular is a state-of-the-art facility that provides many in-office treatments and procedures to help you get the care you need without hospitalization.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Disease-specific medication
- Compression stockings
- Lifestyle modifications
- VenaSeal™ endovenous vein closure
- Ambulatory microphlebectomy
University Vascular reviews the details of your diagnosis and your treatment options with you. Together, you develop a plan that helps you get relief from your symptoms and improves your overall health.
To schedule a consultation at University Vascular for your leg burning, call the office nearest you or book online today.
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