Leg pain is often a result of overuse or minor injuries, but there are many other causes. The pain or discomfort can range from a dull ache to an extremely sharp sensation affecting your productivity and overall life quality. Most of the time, leg pain Memphis is short-lived and can improve with home remedies. However, in some cases, the pain can be severe or persistent; this is especially true if the pain stems from an underlying serious medical condition. Getting a prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential to establish the cause and prevent leg pain from worsening. Below are some of the causes of leg pain.
Peripheral artery disease
Peripheral artery disease usually occurs due to the narrowing of the arteries; this causes your limbs, typically your legs, not to get enough blood. Although many people with peripheral artery disease experience no symptoms, some experience a painful ache or cramp in the leg. You are most likely to experience the pain after walking, during exercise, or exertion; the pain usually eases with rest. Besides pain, your legs may feel weak, numb, and cold. You might also notice an odd color on your skin.
Sometimes lifestyle changes like quitting smoking can help you manage peripheral artery disease. However, if that does not work, your doctor might prescribe medicine to treat the problem or alleviate pain. Some patients with peripheral artery disease may require surgery.
Deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in the deep veins of your thigh or lower leg. A blood clot can form if you are bedridden or after long hours sitting on a long-distance flight. Deep vein thrombosis is a vascular problem that can be life-threatening when the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs. This condition often presents without symptoms, but if symptoms are present, they include swelling and a hot, painful sensation on one side of the leg. You are more likely to feel the sensation when walking or standing. Being aware of the possible symptom of deep vein thrombosis is important, especially if your lifestyle or medical history makes you susceptible to vascular problems.
The blood clot may dissolve on its, but sometimes, it can break free and travel to the lung, a condition called pulmonary embolism. Seek immediate help if you experience dizziness, sudden shortness of breath, or cough up blood.
Your bone can break due to heavy pressure resulting from a fall. A fracture can be easily visible, with severe swelling, bruising, and deformation; urgent medical attention is necessary. You can also develop a stress fracture due to repetitive stresses during sports; for example, when there is a sudden increase in the intensity of an activity such as intensive running sports. You might experience pain during each exercise session; eventually, it can always be present.
Treatment for leg pain depends on the cause; many people resolve leg pain at home without medical intervention. Note that self-help measures are only appropriate if your doctor has ruled out serious causes of leg pain.
To establish the cause of your leg pain, book an appointment with your doctor at Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers.