Leg Cramps Limit An Athlete
Meet Leigh Ann. Until recently, she had been suffering from leg cramps since she was 14 years old. As a young athlete, Leigh Ann thought her spider veins and leg cramps were the result of her athletic activities.
As she got older and the problem persisted, she decided to seek help. Her initial attempt was unsuccessful as they only treated her for spider veins. Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, are small discolored veins near the surface of the skin. When Leigh Ann first sought treatment from another physician, she didn’t feel she was being listened to when she brought up her concern about her leg cramps and believed the recommendations she was given were purely cosmetic. Her spider vein also turned into a varicose vein after it was not properly treated from the previous physician.
Leg Cramps and Spider Veins
Recently Leigh Ann was introduced to the St John’s Vein Center and finally got the help she had been looking for. She felt like someone was listening to her and that she was getting the correct diagnosis as well as the correct treatment. Leigh Ann learned that the leg cramps and the heaviness were actually symptoms of the spider veins and that treating them wasn’t purely cosmetic. She first had two Endovenous Ablation procedures (one on each leg) and then she was recommended a treatment called Sclerotherapy.
Treatment for Leg Cramps
Sclerotherapy vein treatments come in three forms: Ultrasound, Liquid, and Foam-Visual. Sclerotherapy refers to injection of surface veins that are visible to the naked eye. Some veins that need to be treated are below the surface of the skin and cannot be injected safely without the aid of ultrasound imaging assistance. Sclerotherapy is an office procedure with no down time and was covered by her insurance.
Today Leigh Ann is on her way to beautiful, healthy legs. Thanks to her treatment at St John’s Vein Center, her legs no longer feel heavy, enabling her to start doing activities she enjoys like running. She’s currently training to run a 5k in February!
If you’ve experienced heavy legs, spider veins or other leg discomfort- don’t wait! Listen to Leigh Ann’s advice and contact St John’s Vein Center so you can get the proper diagnosis, the best treatment and begin enjoying the activities you love to do.