Leg

Pain in the entire leg or localized to a particular part of the leg.

  • Leg ache
  • Leg pain

Common causes

Leg pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Wear and tear or overuse of joints
  • Injuries in joints, bones, muscles, ligaments
  • Prolonged standing
  • Heavy physical activity

Treatment

Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Rest the affected leg or reduce level of activity
  • Apply an ice pack
  • Slightly elevate your leg whenever you sit or lie down
  • Try over- the- counter topical pain

Doctor

See a doctor if you notice:

  • Pain during or after walking
  • Swelling in both legs
  • Pain worsens over time
  • Symptoms don't improve after a few days of home treatment
  • Painful varicose veins

Urgent

See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Leg injury with a deep cut or exposed bone
  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Inability to walk or put weight on the leg
  • Pain, swelling, redness or warmth in the calf region
  • Signs of severe illness (for example, confusion, fever, or collapse)
  • Popping or grinding sound at the time of a leg injury
  • Sudden swelling, blistering, or black spots
  • Weakness or numbness of the affected leg
  • Signs of infection, such as redness, warmth or tenderness, or a fever greater than 100 F (37.8 C)

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