Leg Pain Specialist

Premier Cardiovascular Consultants

Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases located in Troy, Detroit, & Taylor, MI

If you regularly experience leg pain, it may point to an underlying health problem like peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Over time, this condition limits blood flow to your legs, increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. At Premier Cardiovascular Consultants, with three convenient locations in Troy, Taylor, and Detroit, Michigan, board-certified cardiovascular specialist Hammam Zmily, MD, and the team regularly work with men and women to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of leg pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Leg Pain Q & A

What is leg pain?

Leg pain is a common condition characterized by swelling, inflammation, and general discomfort in one or both of your legs. Sometimes leg pain is sharp and stabbing; other times, it’s dull and throbbing.

The most common cause of leg pain is overuse or a sports-related injury. However, in some cases, it may point to a more serious underlying health problem. This is particularly true if you frequently experience leg pain, and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like ice, rest, or elevation.

Receiving a prompt diagnosis and participating in a custom treatment plan can ease symptoms and significantly lower your risk of future health problems.

What are some common causes of leg pain?

Leg pain can occur for many reasons. Some common underlying causes of leg pain include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures

Medical conditions can also cause leg pain. At Premier Cardiovascular Consultants, the team regularly treats leg pain caused by:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Varicose veins
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Nerve damage

Back and musculoskeletal problems also increase your risk of leg pain. For example, if you suffer a slipped or herniated disc, you might experience lower back pain combined with tingling or numbing sensations in your buttocks, thighs, and calves.

When should I visit a doctor regarding leg pain?

Most leg pain subsides on its own with rest and other conservative measures of care. However, you should make an appointment at Premier Cardiovascular Consultants if you experience:

  • Swelling in both legs
  • Varicose veins
  • Pain while walking
  • Pain while exercising
  • Leg pain that lasts for days or weeks

Make sure to take leg pain seriously. Even if you think everything’s okay, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How is leg pain diagnosed?

To diagnose leg pain, your Premier Cardiovascular Consultants provider conducts a physical exam, asks you questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. They might also order X-rays or a vascular ultrasound to get a closer look at the veins and soft tissues in your legs. Usually, these steps are enough to make a proper diagnosis.

How is leg pain treated?

The treatment for leg pain depends on the underlying cause. However, the providers at Premier Cardiovascular Consultants usually recommend conservative treatments and lifestyle changes, like losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, they might also recommend prescription medications to keep your heart functioning at full capacity.

To schedule a leg pain appointment at Premier Cardiovascular Consultants, call the office nearest you or book online today. 

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