• The VIC Vascular Team

Is physical activity causing my pain?

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Leg pain one experiences with walking could be due to multiple causes.  While fatigue or generalized weakness are common reasons this may occur, there are a number of other potential etiologies.  Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, often manifests itself as pain one experiences after walking.  The pain is caused by blockages in the arteries limiting blood flow and the delivery of oxygen to the tissues which thereby leads to cramping with exertion.  The cramping most commonly presents in the calf muscles of the legs, but can also be found in the buttocks or thighs.  Other common causes of pain in the legs while walking or at rest include venous insufficiency, lumbar spinal disease or even electrolyte imbalances.  It may be something you wish to investigate further with your provider as there are fairly simple tests used to determine the culprit.  Regardless, it is never wrong to keep walking and keep exercising!


William D. Harris, DO

19 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

What is causing my leg pain?

In patients who are normally active, symptoms of pain, weakness and swelling in the legs can be the first sign of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). It is not normal to have pain in your legs with act

Can you get blood clots in your lungs?

Pulmonary embolism (PE) happens when a blood clot forms within the veins and travels to the lungs blocking oxygen transfer to the blood and normal heart function. Blood naturally flows in the body in