Leg Pain And Sudden Leg Pain

A person might experience leg pain in case the tissues of the leg do not get the adequate blood supply required and this condition is commonly known as ischemia. Ischemic leg pain usually occurs when the tissues do not receive the appropriate amount of blood supply that is carried to the tissues because and therefore waste products are not carried away by the blood from the tissues and they accumulate in the tissues.

In case the blood flow has been completely blocked due to clotting of blood in a large artery then the person will experience a continuous constant pain which might occur suddenly and often the affected body part such as the legs or the arm turns pale and becomes cold. Often the blood supply in the legs is partially blocked which occurs due to a condition known as atherosclerosis. In atherosclerosis the person usually experiences a feeling of tiring pain as well as tightening in the calf muscles during strenuous or normal physical activity. This pain is commonly known as claudication. The condition is often relieved by resting; however, the pain might occur during similar strenuous or normal physical activity.

Leg pain might also occur due to straining of the muscles or due to injuries to the nerves that are located near the spinal cord. Leg pain also occurs due to formation of blood clots inside the veins, a condition which is commonly known as venous thrombosis. Similarly leg pain can also occur due to infections of the muscle or skin. In case the cause of leg pain has been determined as a disorder of the blood vessels then the doctor often prescribes Doppler ultrasonography to be performed on the patient to evaluate the supply of blood to the affected area.

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Yasser Elnahas

MD, PHD, Professor Of CardioVascular Surgery
Dr. Yasser Elnahas, Is an associate Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Elnahas was trained as a fellow At Texas Heart Institute And Mayo Clinic Foundation.Dr. Elnahas is dedicated to educating the general public about different disease conditions and simplifying the medical knowledge in an easy to understand terminology.

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