Leg Pain with Walking

LEG PAIN WITH WALKING

 

Many people suffer from pain with walking. When it is related to problems in circulation to your legs, it is called Claudication and generally presents as cramping of your buttock, thigh, or calf after a certain distance is walked.

This will happen almost every time you try to walk that distance, but will go away in under a minute if you stop walking and take a rest. Then you can walk again, for about the same distance. It does not happen if you are just sitting or standing. This occurs because of the build-up of plaque, or fatty deposits , on the inside of your blood vessels.

Leg cramping is often experienced by Golfers. Unfortunately, leg pain keeps many golf enthusiasts from participating in their favorite sport and many confuse this pain with cramping due to dehydration and or failing to stretch. If your golf game is sidelined by severe leg pain, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Fortunately, cramping due to circulatory issues can be easily diagnosed using a non-invasive testing procedure called ultrasonography. If you experience severe leg cramping while golfing, talk with your physician about scheduling a vascular ultrasound study at an accredited ultrasound lab. Don't let leg pain keep you off the green. "Get Your Game Back"

Many patients ask what causes claudication. The main risk factors for this are cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and advanced age. If the plaque builds up in the arteries in your abdomen or pelvis, one can develop cramping in the buttocks or thighs. If the plaque builds up in the arteries in your groin or thigh, the cramping occurs in the back of your calves. This type of plaque build-up, or hardening of the arteries is also a sign of a potential problem in your heart arteries and thus of being at increased risk for a heart attack. Therefore, it is important to get this checked out by your primary care doctor and then a vascular surgeon. Of course, leg pain can also be caused by back problems, arthritis, or just getting older. However, if this affects the quality of your daily life and limits your activity, a non-invasive ultrasound can easily rule in or out the presence of an arterial issue.