Leg Cramps: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

June 20, 2019
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Causes and Treatments for Leg Cramps

Leg cramps can be quite uncomfortable. Some patients report waking up due to pain in their feet, thighs, and calves. Though the cramps usually come and go quickly, the effects are lasting. Many people feel tenderness in the area for up to 24 hours afterwards. The condition, sometimes called a “charley horse”, sounds harmless. In some cases, there is a more serious underlying issue.

Common causes include:

  • Overuse of the muscle and build-up of lactic acid
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Vein Disease or Venous Insufficiency

The most common cause of leg cramps in the adult population is actually circulatory issues, or venous insufficiency, which often goes undiagnosed. If you experience these symptoms, see a vein disease specialist as soon as possible.

The Basics of Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

If you don’t have spider veins or varicose veins yourself, you probably know someone who does. These conditions are quite common, impacting more than 54 percent of women and 45 percent of men in the United States. Individuals age 50 and older are at greater risk of both issues.

The technical term for spider veins is telangiectasias, but they are better known by their nickname because of their appearance. Spider veins look like a tiny web of red, blue, or purple veins just beneath the surface of the skin. They occur when the one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the right direction stop working. When the valves fail, blood can flow backwards in the vein. This causes an increase in pressure on the walls of affected blood vessels, which eventually weakens them. The spider veins you see near the surface of your skin are veins where blood is flowing the wrong way.

Leg cramps are due to a number of different conditions, including vein disease. Learn more about the causes of leg cramps and what type of doctor can help.

Varicose veins, which are officially known as varicosities, can appear anywhere in the body. However, they are most commonly found in the legs. The veins become enlarged and twisted, and they are thicker than usual, which creates raised or swollen bulges under your skin.

The risk factors for spider veins and varicose veins are quite similar. Age, family history, and obesity can all play a part. Pregnant women and women going through menopause often experience vein-related issues, as do people who spend a lot of time on their feet.

Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

The underlying cause of spider veins and varicose veins – as well as the leg cramping that results – is a condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). In short, CVI refers to any situation in which your veins are unable to effectively transport blood back to your heart. In addition to the contributing factors mentioned above, CVI can be caused by blood clots, injuries or trauma to the leg, smoking, and cancer.

Many people notice symptoms related to vein disease, but they attribute the symptoms to minor lifestyle habits. For example, swelling in the ankles and legs or throbbing and achiness might seem like the obvious result of a long day at work. Other missed signals include pain while standing, pain that recedes when you put your feet up, a feeling of heaviness in your legs, itchiness or weakness in your legs, discoloration of the skin around your ankles, thickening of the skin on around your ankles or legs, and ulcers on your legs. If you experience any of these, it is critical to see a specialized vein doctor to rule out CVI.

Treating Spider Veins, Varicose Veins, and Chronic Venous Insufficiency

If you have experienced the pain of vein disease cramps, there are a variety of minimally invasive options to get relief. Advances in technology have reduced the need for surgery, so there is very little downtime after your treatment. Your physician will review the most appropriate methods based on your specific situation, and you will have a customized treatment plan so that you can look and feel better as soon as possible.

Some of the most popular approaches to healing spider veins, varicose veins, and other vein disease include the following:

  • Sclerotherapy – This treatment uses a medical injection to take diseased veins out of action. Blood reroutes through other, healthier vessels. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, and you will be back on your feet in no time at all.
  • Vаrіthеnа – This procedure works in a similar manner to standard Sclerotherapy, with one significant difference. The medication is already pre-mixed into a foam before it is delivered to your physician.
  • Radiofrequency Endovenous Ablation – Also known as RFA, this method relies on heat to close diseased veins. The unused tissue is gradually reabsorbed by your body, and you no longer have to worry about unsightly varicose and spider veins. RFA is usually painless, and little or no recovery time is required.
  • Endоvеnоuѕ Laser Ablаtіоn – EVLT also removes damaged veins from circulation, but instead of a salt solution or heat, this procedure relies on laser technology. This treatment has been proven effective over time with a 97 percent success rate. The entire process is complete in under an hour, and you can go back to your normal activities within a few hours.
  • VenaSeal – Scientists are always in search of new, more efficient treatments for medical conditions, and VenaSeal is a recent addition to the treatment of vein disease. This process uses a special type of glue to seal diseased veins.
  • Clarivein – Some doctors and their patients prefer Clarivein to other treatment methods, because the procedure is virtually painless.

If you are experiencing leg cramps or other symptoms of vein disease, it is important to see a vein disease specialist as soon as possible. Expert physicians at the Vein Treatment Center can help. Call or visit the clinic online for more information.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
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