Leg Pain Specialist Questions and Answers

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Leg Pain Specialist Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood, FL and Port Charlotte, FL
Leg Pain Specialist Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood, FL and Port Charlotte, FL

Our legs are composed of several muscle groups, including the abductors, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius (calf muscles) and peroneals. Any one of these muscles can cause leg pain, which is commonly caused by overuse, wear and tear or injuries in joints, bones, or soft tissues, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons or cartilage. Fortunately, there are several effective treatments for leg pain, from injections to therapy.

How do I know if my leg pain is serious?

There are several signs or symptoms that can indicate that leg pain is serious. These should be treated immediately, including:

  • Deep cut or exposed bone or tendon
  • Inability to walk or bear weight on legs
  • Pain, swelling, redness or warmth in calf
  • Popping or grinding sounds when a leg injury occurs

Other indications that should be treated promptly include:

  • Signs of infection, such as:
    • redness
    • warmth
    • tenderness
    • fever greater than 100ºF
  • A swollen, pale or unusually cool leg
  • Calf pain, particularly after prolonged sitting
  • Swelling in legs along with breathing problems
  • Any serious leg symptoms that develop without an identifiable reason

Other common signs of leg pain that may lead to further complications include:

  • Pain during or after walking
  • Swelling in both legs
  • Pain that gets worse
  • Symptoms that do not improve after a few days of at-home care, including rest
  • Painful varicose veins

What can cause leg pain without injury?

Leg pain can occur from performing an activity for a prolonged period, or from exercising too rigorously. These are known as overuse injuries even though an actual injury (physical trauma) did not occur. Examples of overuse injuries include:

  • bursitis
  • tendinitis
  • shin splints
  • stress fractures
  • plantar fasciitis
  • muscle strains or tears
  • Muscle cramps which can be caused by physical activity or dehydration, especially when exercising in the heat.
  • Vascular diseases (problems that affect the blood vessels) and can include blood clots (thrombophlebitis), peripheral arterial disease, and inflammation of a vein (phlebitis).
  • Peripheral arterial diseases (problems affecting the arteries) which can cause cramping pain that occurs with predictable amounts of exercise, but improves with rest.
  • Other diseases, such as lupus, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling in the legs. In addition, a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a stroke can cause tingling, numbness, or loss of total or partial function in one or both legs.

Why do my legs hurt so badly?

Most leg pain results from overuse, wear and tear, or injuries in the joints, bones or soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Some types of leg pain can be traced to problems in the lower spine, such as sciatica. Common causes of leg pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • ACL injury (tearing of anterior cruciate ligament)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Bone cancer
  • Broken leg
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome
  • Claudication
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Gout (arthritis related to excess uric acid)
  • Growing pains
  • Growth plate fractures
  • Hamstring injury
  • Herniated disk
  • Infection
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Knee bursitis (inflammation of bursa in knee joint)
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Meralgia paresthetica
  • Muscle cramp
  • Muscle strain
  • Night leg cramps
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Osteoarthritis (disease causing the breakdown of joints)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Paget’s disease of bone
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Posterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica
  • Septic arthritis
  • Shin splints
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Thrombophlebitis (a blood clot in the leg)
  • Torn meniscus
  • Varicose veins

How can I relieve leg pain?

If leg pain is due to cramps or a minor injury, it can usually be treated at home. These include:

  • Resting the legs as much as possible
  • Elevating the painful leg with pillows
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, as this may help ease discomfort during the recovery process
  • Wearing compression socks or stockings with support
  • Applying ice
  • Taking a warm bath and stretching

If you have questions about leg pain and its treatment contact Ramos Center for Interventional Medicine in Florida. Our kind and compassionate professionals are dedicated to providing the highest level of service at each visit, to every patient. We have five locations in Florida to serve you better: in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte, and Dunedin. Please visit our Locations page to find out which location is closest to you! We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Palmetto FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Memphis FL, Cortez FL and Port Charlotte, FL.