When is Leg Pain Life-Threatening?

If you suffer from leg pain, you’re not alone. Leg pain and discomfort is a common complaint. From your hip to your toes, there are many bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels that can cause leg pain if injured or damaged. 

Leg pain symptoms include soreness, sharp pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and burning sensations. Signs can be minor or debilitating. In some cases, leg pain can indicate a severe or life-threatening health condition.

At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, our team of vascular surgeons has extensive experience treating leg pain. Here’s what we think you should know. 

Leg pain causes

Certain health conditions, blood circulation issues, and neurological conditions can cause leg pain. Fortunately, most leg pain is a result of overuse and the wear-and-tear of your joints that happens as you get older. 

For these causes, we can often treat leg pain relatively easily. Depending on the reason for your leg pain, we may suggest:

Other health issues related to leg pain require a doctor’s care. Some of these conditions include peripheral neuropathy, arthritis, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, and a pinched nerve. 

If your leg pain is the result of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), you must receive treatment immediately because this condition can be fatal. 

What is deep-vein thrombosis?

Deep-vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins in your leg. It’s considered a life-threatening condition because part of the clot can break off and travel to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. It can also lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Fortunately, you can watch for these symptoms to help you determine if your leg pain is the result of DVT:

You may also have DVT without symptoms. If so, be on the lookout for signs of pulmonary embolism. These include:

Risk factors for DVT include prolonged bed rest, such as after surgery or an injury, pregnancy, smoking, being overweight, and family history of the condition. If you’re older than 60, you’re at a higher risk than younger people, although it can occur at any age. 

If you suspect you have DVT, seek medical care right away. Early diagnosis can save your life. Our highly skilled vascular surgeons at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center can diagnose and treat all forms of leg pain. 

If you feel pain or discomfort in your legs while walking, sitting, or lying down, call us for a diagnosis and treatment plan. You can also request an appointment through our website. We have offices in Port Jefferson Station, Hauppauge, and Riverhead, New York.

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