Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers
Jonathan J Ellichman, M.D.
Vascular Surgeon & Wound Care Specialist located in Memphis, TN
You might be tempted to ignore leg pain and assume it’s a sign of aging. However, if you have chronic leg pain that’s worse during or after exercise or wakes you up at night, it could be a warning sign of vascular disease. At Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers in Memphis, Tennessee, vascular surgeon Jonathan Ellichman, MD, provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to identify the cause of your leg pain and personalized treatment plans to restore your vascular health. Call Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers today or schedule a consultation online.
Leg Pain Q & A
What vascular issues cause leg pain?
If you live with sore, fatigued legs or chronic cramping, you might think your pain is due to aging, overdoing it physically, or arthritis. However, leg pain is often a warning sign of a vascular health problem.
Claudication is the clinical term for leg pain caused by vascular health problems. It’s typically worse when you’re active but can also strike at night and disrupt your sleep. Your skin might also become red, and you could develop slow-to-heal wounds on your feet.
Some of the vascular health issues that cause leg pain include:
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Your risk of developing PAD, CVI, or blood clots increases if you have diabetes, use tobacco products, or have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Your diet and weight can also affect your chances of getting these diseases.
When should I talk to a doctor about leg pain?
You should never ignore chronic pain, especially if it interferes with your mobility or overall quality of life.
If you have leg pain and other signs of vascular health problems, such as shiny skin, reduced hair loss, or slowly growing toenails, call Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers to make an appointment.
How is the cause of leg pain diagnosed?
Dr. Ellichman provides comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose vascular diseases. After reviewing your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle, he completes a physical exam. Dr. Ellichman checks your pulse in your ankles and looks for visible signs of PAD or CVI.
Dr. Ellichman also uses state-of-the-art testing, including the ankle-brachial index, which measures your blood pressure in your extremities. He also offers vascular ultrasounds to look for blockages, blood clots, and other vascular health indicators.
How is leg pain treated?
Dr. Ellichman offers expert treatments to address the underlying cause of your leg pain. He offers radiofrequency and chemoablation treatments to correct CVI. He also provides angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy to reduce the blockages that cause PAD.
Dr. Ellichman can also provide advice and support to help you make healthier lifestyle choices to reduce some contributing factors. You might also benefit from medication to manage your blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes.
Call Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers today or make an appointment online if you have chronic leg pain and cramping that interferes with your life.