With the recent social distancing rules in place, more people are engaging in walking and riding bicycles than before.

In general this is good for your health, but some people have been noticing leg cramps and heaviness after their activities. This may be due to chronic venous insufficiency.

As you know, when you walk, your leg muscles pump blood back to your heart through one-way valves in the veins. When these valves do not work properly, it allows blood to pool in the legs and feet, resulting in bulging veins, swelling, heaviness and leg cramps.

Evaluation of this problem can be done with a simple ultrasound. Sometimes compression stockings will relieve symptoms. However, if treatment is required, it can be done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.

At the Coates Vein Clinic, we only schedule one appointment per hour in order to maximize patient- physician interaction and to cooperate with social distancing rules. Evaluations and treatment are done in our office in Sahuarita.

If you are having these symptoms in your legs, call for an appointment with Dr. Griffin Coates at (520) 849-VEIN (8346).