Leg Pain Specialist

Joseph M Caruso, MD, FACS

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon located in Arlington, TX

Everyone experiences leg pain or cramping now and then. However, leg pain is also a sign of vascular health issues like peripheral artery disease or deep vein thrombosis. If you have chronic leg pain, especially if it occurs when you’re walking, make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Caruso. He’s a board-certified vascular surgeon who practices at Complete Vascular Care in Arlington, Texas. He provides expert diagnosis and treatments for vascular health issues causing your leg pain. Make an appointment by calling the practice or scheduling online today.

Leg Pain Q & A

What is claudication?

Claudication is the name for pain caused by insufficient blood flow that usually occurs during exercise. As your condition worsens, you may begin to experience leg pain while you’re at rest.

Claudication is most often diagnosed in the legs, although it can also develop in your arms. This kind of leg pain is a symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

If you have claudication, you experience symptoms such as:

  • Pain while exercising
  • Pain that comes and goes depending on your activity levels
  • Discolored skin
  • Ulcers

You may also notice that your legs feel weak and that you frequently have cold feet.

What is PAD?

PAD is a vascular health condition in which narrowed arteries in your limbs reduce your circulation. PAD can develop in any of your extremities but is most often diagnosed in your legs.

When the blood flow to your legs is compromised, your muscles and other tissues don’t get enough of the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly. This leads to symptoms like exercise-related leg pain, fatigue, and numbness or a pins-and-needles sensation.

Are there other vascular causes of leg pain?

Deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which a blood clot forms in one of your deep veins such as your femoral vein or popliteal vein, can also cause leg pain. You may also notice that your skin is red, warm, and swollen.

When should I see a doctor about leg pain?

If you have pain in your legs when you exercise, make an appointment with Dr. Caruso. If left untreated, claudication and PAD can get in the way of your regular activities and disrupt your quality of life.

Regular muscle aches usually go away after a day or two of rest. If your pain doesn’t get better or increases, contact Dr. Caruso. You should also make an appointment if you have leg pain after prolonged sitting, such as during a flight or a long drive.

How is leg pain treated?

Dr. Caruso provides treatments to restore your vascular health and reduce your symptoms. You may benefit from conservative treatments such as massage and elevation to improve circulation. If your condition is advanced, Dr. Caruso offers his signature procedure, RESTORE. This innovative approach uses minimally invasive techniques to clear blockages with minimal trauma to the surrounding tissue. It’s a same-day, outpatient procedure that can improve your circulation and your quality of life.  

If you’re concerned about leg pain, call or schedule an appointment online today for expert vascular care.