It is important to be aware of not just the causes of leg pain, but the various symptoms as well in order to identify the pain’s root cause.
Each year, millions of Americans suffer from leg pain. The majority of leg pain arises due to overuse and repeated wear-and-tear. However, other causes of leg pain are wide ranging and can potentially require serious medical attention. Some of the most common causes include muscle sprains, strains, cramps, and shin splints. Muscle sprains and strains are incredibly common injuries, and can range from mild to severe. Muscle sprains occur when a ligament is stretched or partially torn, and muscle strains occur when this happens to tendons or the muscle itself. In each scenario, the strained or sprained part of the body becomes inflamed, causing pain in that area. Similarly, both muscle cramps and shin splints are common causes of leg pain. Muscle cramps are abrupt and involuntary contractions of muscles, and often occur in calf muscles. Cramps are usually the result of dehydration or long periods of over-use. Shin splints are also the result of long periods of over-use, but affect the shin bone as well as the muscles and tissue surrounding it. Shin splints are common among athletes who play strenuous stop-start sports such as basketball, tennis, and/or soccer, and can be the result of miniature cracks in the bones of the leg. While strains, sprains, cramps, and shin splints are the most common causes of leg pain, other more serious causes include peripheral artery disease, sciatica, and/or blood clots.
With the many different causes of leg pain, symptoms of leg pain are equally as broad
Furthermore, symptoms that occur in specific parts of the leg can indicate different ailments (i.e. shin splints). Leg pain symptoms usually manifest as a dull or aching pain in response to inflammation, which is typically the result of a strained or sprained leg muscle. However, various other symptoms such as cramps, sharp pains, and swelling can be related to significantly more severe causes. For example, cramping in the hips, thighs, and calf muscles are all symptoms of peripheral arterial disease.
Peripheral arterial disease is a condition where one’s arteries narrow, which in turn reduces the amount blood flow to limbs and other parts of the body
In addition to these symptoms, peripheral arterial disease can be accompanied by numbness and weakness in the legs.
Additionally, a sharp or shooting pain that is experienced from the hip all the way down to the foot could be a symptom of sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated, which causes pain typically from the lower back down either leg; sciatica can also be a product of spine-related issues such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc.
Finally, leg pain that is experienced in conjunction with swelling could be a sign of deep vein thrombosis, which occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein. In addition to swelling, other symptoms of a blood clot include discoloration of the skin and a rise in temperature of the affected area.
Despite many different causes for leg pain, regular exercise and a healthy diet can drastically lower one’s chances of developing leg pain symptoms
Moreover, while treatment for leg pain depends on the underlying cause, Elixicure products are designed to bring relief to inflammation using all-natural and plant-based ingredients at an affordable price.