Leg pain is a pain or discomfort felt in any part of one or both legs. It can range from a dull ache and spread to a feeling more intense and localized, perceived as burning, sharp or muscle cramp. The causes may be different. Most often it is associated with muscle fatigue or dehydration and also linked to taking medication as diuretics or statins. Leg pain can also be caused by trauma, strains, tendonitis, but also by pathological conditions or associated with other symptoms such as varicose veins.


What kind of diseases can be associated with leg pain?

The following diseases may be associated with leg pain:

  • Arthritis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coccydynia
  • Dengue
  • Epiphysiolysis
  • Slipped disc
  • Gout
  • Infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Legg Calve Perthes Disease
  • Diabetic foot
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Tetanus
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Bone tumors
  • Varicose veins

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for leg pain?

The remedies for leg pain vary depending on the origin of the disorder. If the pain comes from an excess of physical activity, you have to rest of the joints and treat with cold compresses. In case of fatigue, heaviness and muscle cramps, you should put in motion the legs to promote the circulation, keeping your legs raised at rest, drinking plenty of fluids, consuming fruits and vegetables, supplements of potassium and avoiding excessive heat.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of leg pain?

In cases when the pain is following trauma or a bruise it is necessary to seek medical treatment in an emergency room. In case of swelling of the both legs, varicose veins and foot pain you should ask for a advice from a specialist, a nanangiologist, a phlebologist or a vascular surgeon.

You should visit a doctor if: the pain occurs suddenly and does not pass three or more days, is associated with a fever, redness or swelling of the hands, is acute, severe and it is impossible preform movements.