Leg Cramps

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center -  - Vascular Surgeon

Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Vascular Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Port Jefferson Station, NY & Hauppauge, NY

An occasional cramp in your leg is highly common, but ongoing problems with leg cramps may be a sign of something larger at play. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, the team of vascular specialists understands the many conditions that can lead to leg cramps and when they might be attributable to vascular problems. If you’re experiencing unexplained leg cramps, call one of the three locations in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, or Riverhead, New York, or use the online scheduling tool.

Leg Cramps Q & A

What are leg cramps?

A cramp in your muscle, which is commonly known as a “charley horse,” is a common development that usually comes on the heels of overexertion and dehydration, which causes your muscles to spasm.

Ongoing problems with leg cramps, however, that seem to strike without warning, are an entirely different matter. Some people suffer from unexplained night cramps in their legs, while others experience leg cramps throughout the day, regardless of activity level.

If you’re plagued by painful leg cramps, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by a vascular specialist at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, even if it’s only to rule out vascular disease.

What causes leg cramps?

There are many conditions that lead to leg cramping, such as the dehydration and exertion mentioned above. Frequent leg cramping, however, may be a result of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney failure
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Vascular disease

As vein specialists, it’s this last cause of leg cramps that concerns the medical team at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. Leg cramps can develop because of:

  • Disease in your iliac arteries, which supply blood to your hips and legs
  • Problems in your femoral arteries, which are responsible for supplying blood to your legs
  • Deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot in your legs
  • Varicose veins

In general, any problem that falls under peripheral vascular disease or venous insufficiency can lead to leg cramps.

How are leg cramps diagnosed and treated?

When you first come into Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, one of the doctors sits down with you to review your symptoms and your medical history. Using advanced screening techniques, such as Doppler ultrasound, your doctor checks for any blockages that may be affecting your lower limbs. As well, your doctor may turn to an ankle-brachial index to measure the blood pressure in your ankle to determine whether there are problems with blood flow.

Once your vascular surgeon identifies the cause of your leg cramps, they recommend a treatment plan based on your unique situation and goals. If they find that your blood vessels are healthy, they refer you to another doctor for further testing.

Treatments for leg cramps depend upon the underlying cause of the problem. Rest assured, your doctor works with you so that you can find relief from your leg cramps.

To learn more, call one of the three offices of Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center or use the online scheduling tool.