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Leg Cramps & Charley Horses

NY & NJ’s Treatment Destination for Leg Cramps

If you’ve ever experienced leg cramps of any degree, you know just how painful and debilitating they can be. You may have even limped to your computer and quickly typed “Leg cramps doctor, now!” Also known as a “charley horse,” they occur when a muscle in the calf suddenly tightens. This spasm can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. During this time, it’s almost impossible to think of anything but the pain.

Often, leg cramps occur in the calf muscles, but they can occur in the feet and thighs too. In addition, they can strike at night, disrupting sleep and setting you on the wrong foot the next day.

Vessel Insufficiency

Though excruciatingly painful, it’s important to note that leg cramps are not medically harmful. However, regular cramping of the legs is a common symptom of vessel insufficiency (VI).

In healthy circulation, vessels deep within the leg work to circulate blood back to the heart. First, your body removes waste products. Then, “clean” blood replenishes your body and legs with oxygen and nutrients.

In summary, vessel insufficiency (VI) occurs when the vessel in the legs have difficulty pushing blood back to the heart. The vessel walls eventually become weak, and vessel valves are damaged. This damage makes it possible for blood to leak, or flow backward and stay in the vessel.

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Chronic vessel insufficiency (CVI) can cause vessel stasis, a condition where the blood pools in the vessel. Pooled blood that’s carrying waste products is depleted of oxygen and essential nutrients, thus causing leg cramps.

Chronic leg cramping is often a result of the body being unable to clean waste from the blood that has pooled in the legs due to weak or damaged vessels.

Although vessel insufficiency often causes varicose veins and spider veins, many patients with VI don’t experience these physical indicators. In fact, leg cramps are often the only symptom of vessel disease—If there are any symptoms at all. Other symptoms of vessel disease vary by patient and should be evaluated by a physician.

Leg cramps and charley horses causing a woman to stir in her sleep.
A hiker walking through a meadow, free from leg cramps and charley horses.

Treatment Options

Treating the underlying vessel disease, or vessel insufficiency, will stop cramping and aching legs from occurring. You won’t have to search for a “Leg cramps doctor” ever again.

At Wellness & Pain, Dr. Jonathan Arad uses a variety of effective, minimally invasive treatments to close off problematic vessels and address vessel insufficiency. Thankfully, this offers the best relief from leg cramps for good. Treatments include:

  • Vessel ablation
  • Sclerotherapy

Are you suffering from frequent leg pain and cramping? Chronic cramping of the legs caused by vessel insufficiency can be incredibly difficult to live with. Fortunately, there is a cure.

The first step towards permanent relief from painful leg cramps is to receive a simple, non-invasive diagnostic Wellness Ultrasound, during which Dr. Arad will assess your vessel health. Should your Wellness Ultrasound find evidence of vessel insufficiency, you, Dr. Arad, and Dr. Molina will take the necessary steps to restore your vessel health together.

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Varicose & Spider Veins

Your ‘Varicose Veins Doctor Specialist’ Journey Ends Here

When you finally notice what’s been spreading throughout your legs, it’s easy to quickly type ‘varicose veins doctor specialist’ into your browser. After all, why wouldn’t you want both a doctor and a specialist for your varicose veins? Although the terms are often used interchangeably, ‘varicose veins’ and ‘spider veins’ are not the same thing. And that’s okay. We have doctors (And specialists) for both.

Here are some of the key differences between varicose veins and spider veins:

  • Appearance: Varicose veins are notably large, twisted, bundles of veins that bulge out from under your skin. Less than a third of this size, spider veins appear as small, thin lines that branch out in a spider web pattern.
  • Symptoms: Other than their appearance, spider veins don’t typically cause any symptoms. On the other hand, varicose veins cause a slew of them. They can often lead to aching, cramping, or swelling in your legs.
  • Location: Although both of these are visible from the surface of your skin, one runs much deeper than the other. Varicose veins only become visible because they have become so swollen and misshapen over time.

While both conditions are common and generally not dangerous, your quality of life is still important. To treat them, we first need to know what causes them.

A woman sitting on the edge of her bed and looking at the varicose and spider veins in her leg.

What Varicose Veins Doctors and Specialists Know

First, let’s start small with spider veins. Then, we can move on to varicose veins.

In most cases, spider veins are caused by the dilation (Or, the enlargement) of the small blood vessels closest to the surface of your skin. Although the exact cause of spider veins hasn’t quite been determined yet, here are some factors that add to their development:

  • Age: As we age, the veins in our legs may slowly start to lose their elasticity. In and of itself, this may seem like nothing. However, it prevents blood from flowing to our hearts as efficiently as before. Blood then pools in and enlarges the affected veins.
  • Genetics: It might be completely outside of your control. Just like high blood pressure or other heart conditions, spider veins tend to run more in some families than others. This suggests genetics plays a bigger role in their development than some may think.
  • Sun Exposure: Of course, this one is well within your control. Prolonged sun exposure can actually cause our skin to become thinner and our blood vessels to dilate. Over time, this increases the visibility of spider veins just under the surface of our skin.

Of course, there are more factors than just these three. However, these are the big ones you can check for in your own life. Besides, there’s something else you may need a doctor or specialist for—And we touched base on it just above.

With age and other factors, the veins deep within your legs lose their elasticity.


The Root Cause of Varicose Veins

An illustration of swollen veins caused by venous insufficiency.

‘Venous insufficiency’ could seem like a complex phrase. Thankfully, it’s not. Let’s look at it in detail. ‘Venous’ simply references your veins. ‘Insufficiency’ is like ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Lacking.’ It’s when the veins in your legs aren’t what they used to be.

Normally, blood circulates through your heart before it travels to other parts of your body. Your legs have valves in their blood vessels that aid in recirculating that blood back to the heart—It’s quite a distance to go against gravity. So, think of these valves as pit stops. With time, they wear out and stop working the same way. Waste products and blood that require filtration start to build up within your legs. This is the root cause of varicose veins, and it also contributes to spider veins.

Wellness and Pain: Your Varicose Veins Expert

As we said before, neither of these conditions are life-threatening, but they do pose a serious threat to the overall quality of your life. We not only want you to be comfortable in your own skin, but we want to help with any aching, cramping, or swelling.

You deserve the best. So, we’ll give you the best. After an easy 10-minute ultrasound, we’ll know exactly what to do.

  • Treating Spider Veins: This one’s easy. Sclerotherapy. We’ll inject a unique foam into the affected veins. After which, they will close and direct blood back to healthy veins.
  • Treating Varicose Veins: This one’s a little more in-depth but just as easy. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to heat affected veins. This causes them to close the same way sclerotherapy works on spider veins, re-directing blood.

The best part? With both treatments, you’ll be out in no time. And they’re covered by most insurances and unions.

So, we look forward to hearing from you.

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