Knee & Leg Pain


 

Aging Affects Leg And Foot Health

The truth is that many things can influence the health of our legs. Unfortunately, one of the most common factors is simply getting older. As we age all of us lose muscle mass as a natural part of the aging process. Since our body depends on upon its muscles, not just for lifting things, but also to aid in circulation.  Unfortunately, that loss of muscle mass can result in a variety of problems that result in knee pain or leg pain.

Medications Can Be The Source Of Foot And Leg Problems

Another common, but often overlooked source of knee pain or leg pain can be the medications many of us take. Some other common medications, such as diuretics (water pills), blood pressure medicines, drugs to reduce cholesterol, and even anti-nausea medicines, can cause muscle cramps as one of their common side-effects. You should also review all the medications you are currently taking. If you believe that they might be related to your knee pain or leg pain, call the physician who prescribed them to discuss the matter.

The Effects Of Alcohol And Smoking

Sometimes knee pain and leg pain may be associated with the lifestyle choices we make. The consumption of alcohol, especially heavy drinking, has a clear association with circulatory problems, muscle cramps, and blood clots. All of which may influence knee pain or leg pain.  Similarly, those who use tobacco are also putting themselves at higher risk for similar knee pain or leg pain.

Don’t Ignore Leg And Foot Problems

With so many things associated with knee pain and leg pain, it may seem almost inevitable that you will suffer from knee pain or leg pain of some sort. However, while we all may have to expect some stiffness and soreness as part of the natural aging process, there are some things that can be done to reduce the risk of severe knee pain or leg pain issues.

An important first step is to talk with your personal doctor if you are having persistent or severe leg pain or other leg or foot-related problems. While swelling or cramping in your legs may seem only a minor problem, and most likely is a minor problem.  However, if it is a long-term problem for you, or causing significant pain, it might be a sign of a serious health issue. Your health professional can diagnose the real cause of the knee pain, or leg pain. 

Dr. Vengurlekar has integrity as a pain specialist and is available to help you to relieve your knee pain or leg pain.  The Premier Pain Institute is accepting new patients and is easily accessible from Scottsdale Road and Interstate-101 in North Phoenix / North Scottsdale.

Taking Steps To Improve Foot And Leg Health

You can also take steps to minimize the leg pain, cramping or swelling you are experiencing, and try and make sure it does not happen again. Increasing your level of exercise, slowly and safely, is one way to address the problem. Although we may lose muscle mass as we age, exercising more can help us regain some of that muscle. And importantly, training tones our muscles, helping not only the muscles to operate more efficiently, but also maintaining our overall health. Good leg muscles are part of the power that helps our heart pump blood through the veins in our legs. Let those leg muscles get out of shape, however, and you automatically make your heart work harder to move the blood from your lower extremities back to your heart and lungs, and you increase your risk for blood clots, swollen ankles, and varicose veins.

A key factor, however, is to be smart about increasing the amount of exercise in your life. If you are in poor health, or past the age of 45, or have been living a very sedentary life, talk with your doctor first before undertaking any program of moderate to strenuous exercise. It’s also important when you do start adding additional exercise, which you begin slowly and take your time. If you are out of shape or overweight, that’s not something that happened overnight. Be realistic and give your body time to adapt to slowly increasing levels of physical activity. Don’t overdo and you won’t be making your foot or leg problems any worse, but instead will be making changes to ensure better future health.

Compression Hosiery Can Offer Many Benefits

Quality compression stockings by Jobst, Mediven, Juzo, or Sigvaris can also play a significant role in minimizing leg pain and swelling, as well as in preventing further leg problems. For both men and women, graduated compression stockings provide pressure that helps reduce pooling of the blood in the lower extremities, and that makes it easier for the heart to circulate the blood efficiently through our feet and legs and back to the heart.

While some people think compression hosiery is only essential for those with an existing medical condition affecting the feet or legs, the truth is that compression socks or pantyhose can benefit almost everyone. They are particularly important for people who spend a great deal of their time each day either standing on the feet or sitting in one position, such as at a desk. While there is no way to guarantee that you will never suffer from cramps, swelling or just simple leg pain, there clearly are many things you can do to minimize that risk.

If you are looking for treatment, you could call pain specialist Dr. Vengurlekar at Premier Pain Institue for your complete analysis. Check out the direction map which will show you how to reach Scottsdale or Phoenix pain centers.

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