Bad Habits That Are Making Your Leg Pain Worse

From walking to running and jumping to standing, your legs endure a lot. A complex structure of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and vessels ensures that you are active and mobile all day. If chronic leg pain interrupts your daily routine, it’s time to think about positive changes you can make to feel better.

Our compassionate team has several convenient locations in Katy, San Antonio, Round Rock, Sugar Land, and Webster, Texas. The highly-trained providers at Hamilton Vascular are leg pain experts, regularly working with those experiencing acute or chronic discomfort. We work hard to uncover and treat the root cause of your leg pain, ensuring you leave with relief and peace of mind.

Banish these bad habits

Is it possible that you’re stuck with some bad habits that make your leg pain worse?

Smoking

Fifty percent of all patients who seek pain treatment are smokers. Almost everyone knows that smoking can lead to cancer and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. But did you know it can also make your leg pain worse? Smoking is known to be a risk factor in the development of chronic pain. Additionally, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that smokers have a lower tolerance for pain, causing greater distress and discomfort.

Too much alcohol

If you have chronic leg pain, consider cutting out alcohol. Alcoholic drinks decrease the rate of transmission of some nerve impulses in your brain. It can also be harmful if you drink while taking medication, even over-the-counter drugs.

Forgetting to take your medicine

Alcohol can interact poorly with your medication, but it could also make you forget to take it altogether. Perhaps you’re worried about the significant side effects of a particular drug, or you’re concerned about the risk of addiction. Not taking medication as prescribed by your doctor can lead to extra, unnecessary pain. Always let a professional know about any concerns you have. Our compassionate crew at Hamilton Vascular understands your fear, and we can discuss alternative options or treatment plans.

Canceling appointments with your doctor

Leg pain is worsened when you avoid seeing your doctor because they’re your number one advocate and resource for pain relief. If you schedule routine visits for chronic pain, make every effort to keep your appointment.

Poor diet

Making poor food choices causes inflammation, which increases chronic pain. Drink plenty of water every day, eat your fruits and veggies, and stay away from high-fat, high-sugar foods. Just a few small habit changes every day makes a massive difference in your leg pain.

Stress

Unfortunately, everyone has some level of stress in their lives. However, your leg pain depends on how you react to everyday stressors. When you’re stressed out or anxious, your heart beats faster. This causes you to breathe quicker and then tighten your muscles. As your body tenses, the tension intensifies the pain. Find healthy and productive ways to deal with stress to reduce leg pain. Try practicing meditation and mindfulness to cope.

Extra life hacks for leg pain

It’s worth following a few general prevention tips to keep your legs healthy and fit for a long time. 

For extra leg pain relief, remember to:

If leg pain keeps you awake at night or prevents you from living your life to the fullest, visit us for a consultation. Call the office that’s most convenient for you to schedule an appointment. Please note that we also offer telehealth visits when appropriate, as well.

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