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Leg Pain & Ulcer Specialist

Alate Health -  - Interventional Radiology Clinic

Alate Health

Interventional Radiology Clinic located in Houston, TX

Leg pain and ulcer pain often have a connection to venous insufficiency or peripheral arterial disease. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, board-certified interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, assesses and treats vein and artery problems. While most vein centers only treat venous insufficiency, Alate Health can help with any vein and artery issues, including varicose veins, leg pain, and ulcers. Call the office or click on the online appointment tool for help.

Leg Pain & Ulcer Q & A


What causes leg pain and ulcers?

There are two main reasons for experiencing leg pain and ulcers: 

Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency or vein disease means that your leg veins don’t function properly. That allows blood to pool in your leg veins rather than moving up to the heart as it should. 

Venous insufficiency can cause varicose veins, slow healing leg ulcers, painful leg cramps, restless legs, and other issues like discolored skin in the lower legs. 

Peripheral arterial disease

In peripheral arterial disease, the arteries in your legs don’t get enough blood. This usually happens because of atherosclerosis, which means fatty deposits called plaque collect inside your arteries. 

When plaque lines your artery walls, it restricts blood flow significantly, and this leads to peripheral arterial disease symptoms such as leg pain, slow-healing ulcers, loss of leg sensation, cold feeling legs, and other symptoms. 

Both venous insufficiency and peripheral arterial disease can cause serious and frustrating leg issues, so it’s important to see the true vein and artery experts at Alate Health for the most up-to-date proven treatments. 

How do you diagnose the cause of leg pain and ulcers?

The vein and artery disease experts at Alate Health use state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate the blood flow in both directions and the blood pressure in your legs. 

Leg pain and ulcer diagnosis involve mapping your blood flow, so your provider can identify where problems occur and why it’s causing leg pain, varicose veins, leg ulcers, and other issues.

 

What are leg pain and ulcer treatments?

When you’re dealing with chronic leg pain, varicose veins, slow-healing ulcers, or other symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency or peripheral arterial disease, treating the underlying condition is the most effective approach. 

Leg pain and ulcer treatment focus on the root problem.

Treatments for venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency treatments can include minimally invasive procedures like ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation to close varicose veins, VenaSeal™ to seal veins off, sclerotherapy to shrink veins, or small incision vein removal called phlebectomy. These procedures eliminate the blood pooling causing your leg pain, ulcers, or varicose veins.

Treatment for peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease treatment at Alate Health can include a variety of options. Your provider may recommend balloon angioplasty to improve blood flow, atherectomy to remove plaque deposits, and stenting to hold arteries open. 

Alate Health specialists perform all procedures in their state-of-the-art surgical suite using minimally invasive techniques. You receive mild sedation, making the process comfortable. You can return home that same day. 

For excellent leg pain and ulcer treatment, visit Alate Health to find the underlying cause so they can deliver cutting-edge solutions. Call the office or use the online booking tool today.