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What Is a Charley Horse?

 

The term “Charley Horse,” which is really a muscle spasm, comes from a baseball player named Charley who suffered from severe leg spasm in the late 19th century. His nickname was “Old Hoss,” thus the term Charley Horse, from his first name combined with his nickname.

There are a number of causes of muscle cramps in general. Not having enough hydration is one of the causes, as well as an imbalance of potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium. Also, not stretching after vigorous exercise can make your muscles so tired that they cramp in response to your overexertion. When the leg muscles contract from a Charley Horse, the pain is severe. The best way to get relief from the pain is to try the following:

  • Stretch: Sit and stretch out your legs with your toe pointed up. Use a strap or towel to wrap around your foot and hold on to the tie with both hands while you lift your leg until you feel a stretch.
  • Try stretching and massaging the painful muscle when you feel the first spasm. Heat relaxes the muscle, but if the muscle feels very sore, try ice to reduce the inflammation.
  • Drink water and stay hydrated.

If you have spider veins, leg pain, or varicose veins in Mobile, AL, visit O’Gorman Vein & Vascular. The clinic is headed by a board-certified vein specialist who may be able to help you with any number of effective treatments.

 

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The Causes of Leg Pain

 

Do you suffer from undiagnosed leg pain? If so your pain could be caused by any number of things. Leg pain often results from wear and tear, overuse, or injuries in your joints, bones, muscles, or tendons. Other types of leg pain are related to problems in your lower back. Blood clots, varicose veins, and bad circulation are also causes of leg pain.

 

If your leg pain is severe and chronic, you should visit a medical professional as soon as possible. Sometimes pain in the lower legs can be a sign of a serious medical condition. There are a number of common causes when it comes to leg pain. Some of the most usual culprits include all of the following:

  • Cramps in Muscles: Dehydration, tired muscles, and extreme heat can cause intense pain in the lower legs. These spasms or cramps are most often experienced by athletes.
  • A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Developed in the lower legs or thighs this situation often results from long periods of inactivity. Blood clots are dangerous because they can travel to the lungs, heart, and other organs. They can be treated and managed if caught early enough.
  • Varicose Veins: Legs with weakened valves and dark blue or purple veins on the skin’s surface may ache from varicose veins. Pain caused by varicose veins can be treated by a vein specialist like Dr. O’Gorman at O’Gorman Vein & Vascular.

For chronic leg pain seek the help of our board-certified vein specialist who treats varicose veins in Mobile, AL, at O’Gorman Vein & Vascular. Call (251) 410-8346 for information on all of the procedures and treatments available at this reputable clinic.

What Causes Spider Veins?

 

The easy-to-see small, red, purple, and blue vessels on our legs and faces are known as spider veins. They are easy to treat with sclerotherapy, the most effective treatment for spider veins, which consists of an injection of a saline solution into the veins that causes them to cluster together or clot and become less visible. There are a number of common causes of spider veins. If you have any of the following indications or participate in any of these activities you may be predisposed to spider veins:

  • Heredity
  • Occupations that Involve Standing like Nursing, Hair Stylists, Teachers, Factory Workers Obesity
  • Hormonal Effects from Pregnancy, Puberty & Menopause
  • Using Birth Control Pills
  • Hormonal Replacement Therapy
  • Blood Clots
  • Conditions Causing Abdominal Pressure from Tumors, Constipation & Wearing Girdles

Contrary to popular belief, exercising does not make spider veins worse. In fact, exercise improves blood circulation through the legs and into the lower calf muscles. Some of the best exercises to do in order to prevent spider or varicose veins are swimming, walking, bicycling, jogging, and step aerobics. If you do something from this list regularly, this is already varicose vein prevention.

For spider veins on legs in Mobile, AL, contact the specialists at the O’Gorman Vein & Vascular clinic, a highly reputable facility with a board-certified surgeon and registered vascular specialist.

 

Winter Is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins

Winter is the best time to have your veins evaluated and treated. During the cold months you wear clothes that hide your unsightly veins. In addition, varicose veins may worsen in winter because the level of activity and movement decreases. Without activity the blood may pool in the legs and impede its ability to pump blood back to your heart. But winter is the right time to prepare for beach clothes and summer fun without worrying about your vein issues. Some of the additional reasons to have your veins treated in the winter include:

  • Compression Socks Worn After Treatment. Compression socks or stockings are usually recommended before and after varicose vein treatment because they help blood circulate by applying pressure to the veins. They also help keep you warm in the cold months by providing extra insulation.
  • A New Appearance Takes Time. Varicose vein treatment relieves pain and throbbing in the legs, but it may take several months for you to enjoy the fully improved appearance of your legs. So, the winter allows you enough time to heal and look forward to showing off your legs in summer.
  • Progress Is Easier in Winter. It is recommended to avoid the sun for a month or so after varicose vein treatment. The sun may dry out the skin and harden it. Overexposure to the sun soon after therapy could negatively impact the pigment and cause it to darken before it has completely healed.

Visit OgormanVein.com to find out more about having the veins in your legs evaluated and treated. We specialize in treating varicose veins in Mobile, AL.

Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

 

 

March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. The month is meant to raise public awareness of a common medical condition that can have potentially fatal complications from pulmonary embolisms. Based on a national survey sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the American Heart Association states that up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT, which is another name for blood clots. However, nearly 75 percent of individuals have little-to-no awareness that they have DVT.

DVT happens when a blood clot lodges in a deep vein in the leg. The clot may partially or completely block circulation. There are also other conditions which mimic those of DVT. The most accurate way to diagnose DVT is with ultrasound and related equipment. The following symptoms can occur with a DVT:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Discoloration
  • Heat in Affected Area

The medical, public health, and patient advocacy communities got together to sponsor DVT Awareness Month in order to educate the public about DVT’s signs, symptoms, and risk factors. For example, O’Gorman Vein and Vascular, a leading provider of varicose vein surgery in Mobile, AL, is offering free DVT screenings March 21-23 at its clinic in Mobile. Take advantage of this free service and call (251) 410-8346 to schedule an appointment.

 

The Dangers of Varicose Veins

The dangers of varicose veins can be extreme or hardly severe at all. A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight may ameliorate some varicose vein symptoms. In the worst cases they cause aches, pain, throbbing, and a great deal of discomfort. They may even result in serious health problems such as clotting, blood loss, or chronic circulation problems.

Varicose veins can become severe and require medical treatment. If yours are big, bulging, and painful, you may be at risk of developing a secondary condition, such as bleeding, blood clots, inflammation, or venous ulcers. If you haven’t already, it is definitely the time to have them evaluated by a vascular specialist. Other serious conditions that may arise if varicose veins are not medically treated include:

  • Bleeding Varicose Veins
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Superficial Vein Thrombosis (SVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

Another extremely painful disease that may be caused by obesity and varicose veins is lipodermatosclerosis, which is an inflammation underneath the skin that causes skin hardening, uneven pigmentation, redness, and swelling.

Bear in mind that not all varicose veins are visible. Some are visible and less noticeable, while others aren’t seen at all. If you have inexplicable leg pain or heaviness in the legs, you should be checked out by our friendly and knowledgeable vein specialist in Mobile, AL.

 

How to Help Prevent Varicose Veins from Worsening

 

There are a number of reasons varicose veins develop. Some of the most common risk factors include age, genetics, gender (women), pregnancy, and prolonged periods of standing. It may not be possible to avoid having varicose veins altogether, but there are a few ways to help your varicose veins from becoming worse.

Of course, living as healthy a lifestyle as possible should always be part of a disease-prevention plan. One of the best ways to prevent varicose veins is walking.

Another way to help prevent varicose veins is to avoid long periods of sitting or standing. When you are sitting in the same position for a long time, the blood in your legs has a hard time circulating, which causes pressure on the veins resulting in swelling and pain. It’s always best to stand and move around as much as possible to keep your blood circulating.

If you have inherited the tendency toward varicose veins, it is especially helpful for you to not stand for long periods of time. It is also a good idea to avoid crossing your legs while sitting because it adds pressure to the veins. See Dr. O’Gorman, our vein specialist in Mobile, AL, to find out if you’re a candidate for vascular treatment.

 

Welcome to the O’Gorman Vein & Vascular Blog

Welcome to our blog. Here you will find articles that are informative, interesting, and entertaining. At O’Gorman Vein and Vascular  we cultivate an atmosphere that combines friendliness and knowledge for our patients. When you put yourself in our hands, you can rest assured we have your best interests at heart—in health, happiness, and confidence in your appearance.

With more than 30 years in practice as a Board Certified cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. O’Gorman understands the suffering caused by venous problems and varicose vein diseases. The clinic offers the latest equipment and techniques to solve vein problems and to put circulatory issues on the right track. Come in and let us help you decide if you are a candidate for any of the treatment plans we provide. We offer a number of minimally invasive treatments that address our patients’ health concerns.

We believe in patient education and ongoing communication. Our high-quality care is geared toward men and women of all ages. Dr. O’Gorman is known for his successes in treating patients with different forms of varicose veins in Mobile, AL. Contact us if you have a question about your vein treatment options. We look forward to talking with you and helping you on the road to a pain-free and vibrant new life.