Leg PainPatient Resources
Leg pain can suddenly strike from what seems like out of nowhere. For some, it can gradually build over time.
It can be centralized in one specific area of the leg or begin in one region and spread.
It can be fleeting and inconsequential, and for some, it can impair your ability to walk.
From dull and aching to sharp and stabbing, leg pain can take many forms.
However, it’s important to know that leg pain is often a consequence of something else going on in the body; it results from an injury, wear and tear, overuse, or damage in the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, or tendons.
Some triggers for leg pain could be blood clots, varicose veins, and poor circulation.
Leg pain can flare up from myriad medical conditions, too. Among them include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Infections of many varieties
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
Simple at-home treatments might be all you need to feel relief. But when it doesn’t – or when other symptoms develop – it’s time to consult a vascular expert who can put your mind – and leg – at ease.
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Take a Stand Against Leg Pain
Staying off your feet as much as possible
Elevating your leg
Applying ice (or even a bag of frozen peas) for 20 minutes, three times a day
Taking a gentle over-the-counter pain reliever
Give a heads-up to warning signs
It’s time to consult our experienced vascular physicians if or when your symptoms show no sign of lessening, they intensify or if you:
Cannot walk or put any weight on your leg
Register a fever of more than 100 degrees
Notice signs of infection, including redness or tenderness
Hear a grinding or popping sound in your leg
Develop breathing problems
Pain has a way of heightening people’s sensitivity to how their body functions, which is why it’s wise to pay attention to another region of your body, too: Your gut. You know your body better than anyone else, so if your gut instinct tells you that it’s time to consult a physician, by all means: Follow your better instincts and consult Vascular Care Specialists.