Legs | Rheumatology | Leg Pain (Symptom)
Leg pain is any type of pain or discomfort in the leg, from the hip joint to the heels. Leg pain is a fairly common complaint. Legs are made up of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels all of which are subject to injury, infection or other conditions that can cause leg pain. Leg pain may last briefly or be constant, and affect the entire leg or only a particular area.
Pain may feel achy, piercing or tingling. Pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles, prickling, or burning sensations are called paresthesias. Leg pain may be simply irritating and uncomfortable, or so debilitating that you cannot put weight on your leg or walk.
Leg pain can arise from a variety of conditions ranging from accidental trauma to nerve conditions. In the absence of trauma or other symptoms, leg pain is commonly caused by a muscle cramp, also called a “Charley horse”. In some cases, leg pain can originate in another part of the body such as the back.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If other symptoms are experienced along with your leg pain, the healthcare provider should be informed during the medical visit. This information will help the doctor determine a correct diagnosis.