Leg pain is a common malady, which can be irritating or frustrating, but in its severe forms, it may prevent you from engaging in your normal activities or even putting weight on your legs. You should not ignore leg pain because it could be a reflection of a serious, underlying medical condition. Nay Htyte, MD, DSVM, FACC, FSCAI, of Brooklyn Heart can help you get to the bottom of the problem. Call the Brooklyn Heights office in New York City today or use the online booking tool to make an appointment for a consultation.
Leg pain is a common condition that can affect specific areas of your legs or your entire leg. A number of factors can cause leg pain. The pain can take various forms – dull, sharp, stabbing, cramps, etc.
Most leg pain is the result of excessive exercise and injuries to joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.
It can also result from underlying conditions, including blood clots, poor circulation, peripheral artery disease, varicose veins, diabetic neuropathy, bone disorders, tumors, and arthritis.
Because the causes of leg pain are so diverse, a correct diagnosis is important so that the best treatment can be applied.
Leg pain occurs very frequently, so it is not often clear when you should see a doctor. There are symptoms that should prompt you to make an appointment with Dr. Htyte at Brooklyn Heart as soon as possible.
These symptoms include:
You should never ignore leg pain, especially if it is persistent, and other symptoms accompany it.
If you have suffered an injury, if you have pain and difficulty breathing, or if you sense that you might have an infection, you should seek emergency medical assistance.
How is leg pain diagnosed?
Dr. Htyte performs physical and cardiovascular exams and reviews your medical history and risk factors. He evaluates your lifestyle choices, like exercise regimens, smoking, and diet, and reviews your medications.
He may recommend some of the following diagnostic tests or procedures.
Dr. Htyte determines which combination of tests/procedures are best for you to address your leg pain.
The goals of treatment are to alleviate pain and to address any underlying disease or condition. Self-care, for mild to moderate leg pain, might include lifestyle changes (like smoking cessation and diet adjustments), the use of over-the-counter pain medications, ice packs, rest, and the use of compression socks.
Dr. Htyte might recommend medications to control diabetes and high blood pressure, prevent blood clots and dissolve existing blood clots.
Minimally invasive procedures, like balloon angioplasty and stent placement, and endovascular laser therapy (EVLT), which is available the same day as your consultation, as well as surgical procedures to by-pass the blocked blood vessels, may be recommended to improve blood flow in your legs.
Call Brooklyn Heart or use the online booking tool to make an appointment to learn about treatments that best meet your needs and about ways to prevent the specific causes of your leg pain.